EeStairs Design Competition 2016
The second edition of the EeStairs Design Competition, which was created to shine a light on the very best young designers in the world, has reached it’s climax. The competition challenged entrants to trace the evolution of the staircase, designing a staircase to inspire an office, or a balustrade that was the perfect balance of functionality and style. From a pool of over 200 entries from around the world, the winners of the EeStairs Design Competition have been announced.
4A Four Architects' entry, Möbius, has won the Corporate Staircase category and Cornelius Comanns’ design, Sine, has beaten numerous stellar entries in order to be crowned the winner of the Repeatable Balustrade category at the prize giving ceremony held at the citizenM hotel in Rotterdam on Friday 4th March. The citizenM hotel features a statement staircase by EeStairs and is the perfect place to celebrate statement staircase design.
"4A Four Arcitects' Möbius design is a physical representation of the interconnectivity that must exist in a workplace," explains Cornelis van Vlastuin, Creative Director of EeStairs. "Although colleagues are often separated physically over different floors in the workplace, creating a feature to draw them together can be the perfect way to develop a team atmosphere. With no beginning and no end the Möbius staircase represents the fluidity of the workforce and how they must all come together for the business to flourish.
Repeatable Balustrade design
The Sine balustrade, by Cornelius Comanns, captures the essence of a Repeatable Balustrade - it is both feasible to manufacture and uncompromisingly stylish. As users walk past the balustrade the shapes change gracefully, moving almost like ripples in the water. Put simply, it is beautiful."
Students and young designers from around the world submitted their designs, before the judging panel then whittled down the entries to create a shortlist of three nominees in each category. The judging panel was comprised of professionals from the worlds of architecture, product design and media and included:
- Sean Hatcher, Design Director of MCM Architecture
- Armin Ganguly-Hiebert, Director at Ganguly Architects
- Joe Stuart, Senior Design Engineer & Project Manger at graze.com
- Amy Frearson, Deputy Editor of Dezeen
- Geoff Packer, Designer at EeStairs
The judges of the competition were extremely impressed with the designs. Armin Ganguly-Hiebert, founder of Ganguly Architects, who was on the competitions judging panel said: "I was very pleased by the overall high standard and quality of inspirational works produced by the talented designers. It was exciting to see designs pushing the limits and providing original and fresh new solutions for corporate staircases and particularly innovative solutions for repeatable balustrade designs.
As a judge it was a big challenge deciding which design should be successful in reaching the final. I am very happy with the shortlisted final nominated designs and would like to say thank you to all the students and young designers involved in the competition."
Following the judges shortlist the EeStairs Design Competition was opened up to a public vote where people could choose their favourite design. The judges scores and the public vote were then combined to reveal the winner.
Van Vlastuin adds: “For us it is vital to open the competition to a public vote, after all, architecture and design make up the environment all around us and should be full of features to inspire and be enjoyed.”
Each of the winners will receive a £2000 cash prize and the runners up will receive a £100 consolation prize. All of the nominees have enjoyed a trip to one of the most innovative nations in the world, the Netherlands, including a tour at EeStairs headquarters in Barneveld.