Canal Architectural recently installed this impressive feature suspended staircase inside The Shard.
Towering high above the heads of Londoners, the world famous landmark is now home to a variety of spaces.
Whilst The Shard is a spectacular addition to the London skyline, it also came with some unique engineering challenges. Canal faced a range of challenges such as incorporating features on the staircase to allow movement for the entire building.
From the beginning of the project, Canal worked with the main contractor and architect. This benefits the entire project allowing to amend any prior issues during the design stage.
As the staircase fits within the front of floor to ceiling windows allows the light to pass through the structure.
Canal set out to achieve a floating staircase design by initially installing steel framework behind the mirrored wall. The majority of staircase support is provided by multiple 25mm, mirror polished, solid stainless steel bars from the floor above.
Canal from the treads using steel channels to then welding onto the steel work behind the mirrored wall. Beautiful solid oak timber box treads sleeve over the steel channels and pull the staircase together whilst matching the existing floor.
A polished stainless steel flat bar handrail was fitted on both sides, complementing the finish of the spindles as well as the elegant stainless steel nosing strips installed on to the timber treads.
The featured mirrored wall and open risers allow light to flow throughout the contemporary space, cascading from the windows and floor above whilst the choice of materials offers cohesion to the surrounding area.