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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Endless Staircase at St Paul’s Cathedral

Wooden staircases will be installed outside St Paul's Cathedral in September to celebrate London Design Festival 2013.

Endless Stair at St. Paul’s Cathedral by dRMM in collaboration with AHEC, Arup and Seam
Endless Stair at St. Paul’s Cathedral by dRMM in collaboration with AHEC, Arup and Seam Photo: Cityscrape
Martin Chilton
A remarkable Escher-esque set of wooden staircases will be installed outside St Paul's Cathedral this autumn to celebrate London Design Festival 2013.
Endless Stair, designed by de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects (dRMM) and looking like something out of Harry Potter's Hogwarts, consists of 44m3 of American tulipwood arranged into 20 interlocking staircases that visitors can try to walk around outside the south side, between the Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge that leads to the Tate Modern across the Thames.
The structure will be illuminated at night by a custom-designed lighting scheme from London designers Seam.
Alex de Rijke, founder of dRMM Architects and Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, described Endless Stair as "a three-dimensional exercise in composition, structure and scale and as both a marker and meeting place", something that "is not only a structural experiment in engineered timber but is testing our visual and physical experience of space and perspective".