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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Spiral's First 3D Printed Staircase!

Spiral Staircase Systems are proud to announce their first 3D Printed Staircase!

The stair was printed at 1:40 on a ZPrinter 350 using a powder based material. The ZPrinter is a favourite amongst architects due to its fast print speed and relatively low material cost. The surrounding building was laser cut from MDF.

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The 3D print can help us and the client better visualise the design of the stair. While renders provide a valuable insight into how a stair will look they do not provide an accurate sense of scale, which is one of the reasons why we see the technology as an important investment for the future.

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As well as being 3D Printed, some preliminary renders have been produced for the project which is located in a central London office. The stair itself consists of polished concrete cladded treads and stringers, with glass balustrading and a stainless steel handrail.

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We are hoping to 3D print a helical staircase next so watch this space!

by Ryan Tierney and Henry Challis

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The Apprentice - New Broad Street Staircase

The latest instalment in BBC's The Apprentice saw Sir Alan Sugar greet his prospective candidates from the steps of a Spiral Staircase Systems feature staircase. The staircase is situated in the atrium of New Broad Street House business centre in the City of London, and connects the reception with the lower ground floor level breakout area.

This substantial staircase incorporates 2 large stone plinth treads, a large tapering rest-landing which continues upwards to form a straight upper flight. Expansive cream stone treads were supported from painted mild steel stringers and toughened curved glass balustrade panels were finished with a satin polished stainless steel handrail.

Spiral Staircase Systems worked closely with RHWL Architects to produce this extremely spacious staircase that measures 1616mm between handrails at the smallest point! The size and prominent location ensure that this staircase is the focal point of the 7 floor atrium.

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Aswell as the New Broad Street House staircase, every episode of the Apprentice features our glass spiral G-Fin design mentioned in our previous post - The Apprentice 2013. Which Spiral Staircase Systems stair will be featured in the final next week?

by Paul Barton

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Paddington Office - Spiral Staircase

This feature spiral staircase is located in a events management office in Paddington, London.

It is constructed generally in mild steel, consisting of a central column with radiating folded steel treads supporting bright orange perforated balustrade panels. These are then capped off with a satin polished stainless steel handrail.

The following 3D concept renderings were produced during the design phase.

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This staircase featured perforated mild steel balustrade panels which were completed in a bright orange powder coat finish. This gave the staircase an industrial but colourful look which blended in with the interior colour scheme.

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Paddington Library - Completed Images

This recently completed Part M compliant horse-shoe shaped straight staircase provides access between two levels in a library in Paddington.

It is constructed mainly in satin polished stainless steel with etched glass balustrading for modesty and European oak treads and risers.

The unique tread design features an L.E.D strip recessed in the nosing which floods light upon the tread below. This detail works well with the opaque glass balustrade, giving the staircase a warm "glow".

by Ryan Tierney

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