The Endless Stairs

Endless stair model, dRMM Architects

Have you ever wanted to enter an Escher drawing or wondered how it could be spatially possible? Opening Friday 13 September for the London Design Festival 2013 the Endless Stairs structure is installed on the lawn outside Tate Modern. The complex construction is designed by Alex de Rijke, Co-Founder of dRMM Architects and Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, working closely with engineers at Arup. The complex towering structure with interlocking features was an engineering and design challenge.

Endless Stairs is made up of fifteen Escher-like interlocking staircases made of prefabricated wood.

Working with the American Hardwood Export Council, De Rijke uses Tulipwood for the project describing it as the ’new Concrete’. Its Cross lamination makes the timber extremely strong and hard wearing and is designed to last.

Visitors will be able to climb the stairs from 13th September – 10th October