Spiral Secures New Project

Spiral have been appointed for a new commercial project to create a feature staircase in the heart of London. This multi flight stair will be constructed in mostly stainless steel and will be providing access between floors in one of London’s most iconic buildings. Working closely with the architect and the design team we are currently under-going design meetings to insure the staircase is both impressive and practical.

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If you require a feature staircase for a commercial project, please contact our sales department who will be happy to provide you with a competitive quotation.

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SS 815 - Finished Photos

This stylish helical staircase provides access to an underground swimming pool area in a luxury London home. Finished in marine-grade stainless steel and toughened glass, it is part of Spiral's "G Finn" range.

Check out some of the finished photos below!

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If you are interested in a similar staircase for a domestic project, please contact our sales department who will be happy to provide you with a competitive quotation.

by Ryan Tierney

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Spiral's First Helical 3D print

Spiral are pleased to announce their first helical 3D staircase print.

This 1:20 scale model took 35 hours to print and was used to illustrated a unique full height stringer design.

Spiral's reputation is built on design and as technology advances, we find new ways of helping a client visualise their staircase. Some of these techniques include Photo Realistic Renders, 3D Printed Stairs and Augmented Reality.

Below are some renders and a 3d print for this project.

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by Ryan Tierney

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Sudbrooke Road - Finished Photos

This stunning domestic staircase was recently completed for a project in London. Featuring black American walnut handrails and treads, toughened glass balustrading and painted mild steel stringers, this stair provides access between the ground floor and basement level.

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The "Twin Pin" design gives the affect of a floating staircase and is a popular choice within the domestic market. If you are interested in a similar staircase for a domestic project, please contact out sales department who will be happy to provide a competitive quotation.

by Ryan Tierney

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SS 860 - 10 Portman Square

Spiral Staircase Systems recently completed this stair for an office space jointly occupied by Aramco Overseas Company UK Ltd & Saudi Petroleum Overseas Ltd.

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Located in the prestigious 10 Portman Square building this single flight elliptical stair features satin polished stainless steel stringers and handrails, low iron glass balustrading and marble treads.

It provides a central access between floors for staff and clients in Aramco's new London offices.

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SS 846 - Skype HQ London

Spiral Staircase Systems are pleased to release finished images of the feature helical stair at Skype's London HQ in Waterhouse Square. Anomalously posted here back in 2012 the completed stair is a major focal point of the office.

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Working closely with TP Bennett Spiral Staircase Systems designed, fabricated and installed this double flight staircase for ISG's fit out of the office building in Holborn. Read ISG's Article on the project here.

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The London Skype HQ joins the ranks of cutting edge tech company offices. 8 Famous Technology Company HQ.

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Check out the review and a video of the office on the Skype Blog, Skype Celebrates its New London Office Opening.

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Iconic Staircases #04 - The Vatican Museum - Giuseppe Momo

This huge double-helix staircase is situated in the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City State. It may also be known as the "Momo Staircase" or the "Snail Staircase" and is one of the most photographed in the world as well as being one of the most beautiful and ornate.

It is often wrongly attributed to Donato Bramante, but was actually designed by the Italian architect Giuseppe Momo in 1932.

The stair is in two separated helix's which twist together to form a double helix, This formation would come to represent life later, in 1952 when the DNA Double Helix was discovered. Above the stair, a huge canopy provides light to illuminate the treads and ornate bronze balustrading. Here are a few sketches and photos of the iconic staircase.

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Maresfield Gardens - Finished Photos

This Triple flight helical staircase is one of the many elegant features in this large north London home. Constructed in satin polished stainless steel with toughened glass balustrade, it slightly differs from the preliminary renders featured here on our blog back in February.

Spiral worked closely with Melissa Robinson from MW Architects to design the staircase to the exact specification that was required. These are the professional photos of the finished staircase.

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by Ryan Tierney

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Helical and Spiral Staircases in Films

This week we have decided to gather a selection of helical staircases that feature in films.

The first film we have chosen is "Oblivion". The Stunning post-apocalyptic cinematics of this film are somewhat over shadowed by the futuristic helical staircase featured in the main characters suspended sky penthouse. If only Andrea Riseborough would move to the side.

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The next film Is "Inglorious Basterds". During the bloodbath scene in the basement of a French tavern, the audience can experience a moment of tranquillity as the moon light filters down through the stairwell, illuminating an elegant cast iron staircase.

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Our 3rd film is "Shutter Island". Officer Teddy Daniel's revaluation at the end isn't the only twist in this film, a multiple flight cast iron spiral adds a sinister vibe and some much needed character to this over complicated and tiresome adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel.

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Next we have the film "Alphaville". This is a 1965 Black and White French science fiction film set in the future. A secrete agent (Lemmy Caution) enters Alphaville on a series of missions. Undercover as a journalist he has to search for a missing agent, Capture and kill the creator of Alphaville and destroy the city and its dictatorial computer (Alpha 60).

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Finally our last choice is "Alien 3". Ellen Ripley's escape pod crash lands on Fiorina 'Fury' 161, a prison planet inhabited by all-males inmates with the "double-Y" chromosomes patterns. The cast iron Staircase leads to the morgue where her deceased crew-members were being kept.

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by Henry Challis and Ryan Tierney

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Iconic Staircases #03 - Musée du Louvre - I M Pei

This massive structure was designed as part of the glass pyramid extension by renowned architect I.M. Pei, which was completed in 1989. The huge self-supporting helical stairway travels through approximately 450 degrees and connects the ground floor with the new subterranean museum development below. The void left in the centre of the staircase was imaginatively used as an unenclosed lift.

By Paul Barton

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Iconic Staircases #02 - Itamaraty Palace - Oscar Niemeyer

I'm convinced that this is one of the most iconic staircases ever produced.

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This free-standing helical staircase constructed from reinforced concrete ticks all the boxes in staircase design. Graceful and technically inspiring, the stair was designed by Oscar Niemeyer as part of the Ministry-of-External-Relations in Brasilia which was constructed between 1960 and 1970.

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Iconic Staircases #01 - General Motors Technical Center - Eero Saarinen

Designed in the late 1940's by Eero Saarinen for the General Motors Technical Centre, in Michigan. This huge helical staircase was supported using an innovative and complex stainless steel rod suspension system.

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Spiral staircases are always a classic. They always give a building or a house that very warm feel, it's really nice on the eyes t... Read More
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