dRMM’s much anticipated timber staircase is to be positioned outside the Tate Modern art gallery, rather than by St Paul’s Cathedral as previously planned
The London practice will build the ‘Escher-like’ series of interlocking timber staircases as a key feature of the London Design Festival, which runs from 14-22 September.
Alex de Rijke, founder of dRMM architects, said: ‘Endless Stair is a temporary sculpture designed to be endlessly reconfigured. After initially considering a site at St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Design Festival team have decided the best location for the Stair’s debut is outside Tate Modern, Bankside.
‘The programme of modern art and architecture, combined with the Thames panorama of London, provides a context to which dRMM’s Escher-inspired installation can make a distinctive contribution.’
Commissioned by the American Hardwood Export Council, the project will showcase the potential of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels made from tulipwood.
CLT is used to create timber panels that can form buildings quickly, efficiently and sustainably. CLT is usually made from softwood, and this project will showcase the advantages of using a hardwood to create much thinner panels.
Construction on the stair has begun in Switzerland. It will be outside the Tate Modern from 13 September to 10 October.