Stair Fabrication Begins with Thinking in Three Dimensions

Stairs Reminiscent of MC Escher

This photo of an in process stair railing installation brings to mind the Relativity drawing by MC Escher. MC Escher was a genius at mathematical relationships, order, symmetry, perception, perspective, and the ability to think 3D in a 2D space; some of the key characteristics that embody architects and drafters. These key characteristics are important to stair fabrication for function, safety, and aesthetics.

Stair Fabrication as Both Function and Art

Although, MC Escher’s artistic stairway designs are neither functional nor obey specific code requirements, he does inspire stair fabrication as both function and art. His three dimensional thinking makes you feel the relationship between space, time, and infinite movement within a two dimensional space. This way of thinking and feeling makes an architect’s design purposeful, which can help lead to the desired outcome.

Shop Drawings are Key to Stair Fabrication

After the architect’s design concept, a drafter ensures form of stair structure will be safe through shop drawings. Shop drawings are the stair fabrication key to assist the architect and engineer in appearance, performance, and application. The shop drawings involve much of MC Escher’s use of geometrical symmetries and interlocking repetitive patterns, with an array of lines and measurements. Midwest Stairs & Iron focuses high importance on shop drawings for the success of stair installation.

Sometimes what appears to be just another stair installation to many is more like art when you step back and be awed. Be inspired by MC Escher during your next stairway design.