The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), in collaboration with dRMM Architects and Arup, is ready to begin construction of the “Endless Stair”, a series of interlocking timber staircases which will reach a height of several storeys just outside of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The staircase, which will provide a view of the Millennium Bridge and the Tate modern, will be on display this coming September for the duration of the London Design Festival 2013.
The Endless Stair will showcase the efficient and sustainable properties of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels that are made from American tulipwood.
Alex de Rijke, founder of dRMM and Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, said: “The ambitious structure is both marker and meeting place, on axis with the Millennium Bridge. The Escher-like game of perception and circulation in timber playfully contrasts with the religious and corporate environment of stone and glass in the city.”
The project, commissioned by AREC, is led by de Rijke, and engineered by Arup.