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The feature staircase that EeStairs made for the offices of the BUKO construction and infrastructure firm in Beverwijk, Holland, was unusual. You could say that the treads and risers have a split personality: the double-height risers on one side of the staircase look like concrete, while the steps on the other side are darkly patinated steel.
The designers, DITT Officemakers, originally wanted a completely concrete staircase – but this would have been too heavy for the building’s structure to carry. So our in-house engineers and materials specialists supported DITT on the detailed design of a lighter, all-steel staircase that was more interesting aesthetically than pure concrete.
We applied a durable powder coating on the double-steps, and the RAL colour looks just like polished concrete. And the combination – smooth ‘concrete’ and burnished steel – looks great in relation to the dynamic steel ‘arrowhead’ formed by the handrail and slanted post at the base of the stairs.