Fluid were appointed by Atmos Studio to design the structure for the stair and work with them to produce a unique and intricate piece, combining artistic flair and engineering accuracy.
The main structural elements are high strength stainless steel tubes which form each component; the twisting central post, guard rail, handrail, treads and decorative branches. The long branching strands of the central post stitch together a complex array of stainless steel tubes, 2D-rolled and seamlessly welded together into an intricate, carefully controlled 3D sculptural web of stringers, guard-rails and handrail. From this central core the treads span to a laser-cut steel plate fixed to the perimeter walls and the decorative branches grow out and wind to specific points on the ceiling and walls. Each tread is a ‘fine leaf’ comprised of stainless steel tubes forming the front, back and intermediate veins of the leaf, onto which a thin layer of structural glass is inlaid.
The slenderness and open structure of the stair and treads filters a rich elongation of views through the depths and heights of a boat more readily associated with luxurious horizontal length than vertical height.