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__SPACER__ One of the problems of designing glass stairs in public buildings is that it difficult to avoid surface textures for both safety and perceived safety. These make the stairs translucent and not transparent and therefore ruin the illusion of a semi invisible stair. This simple domestic version, with fully transparent glass in metal trays, gets back to the original concept.
__SPACER__ This stair by Scottish architects, McInnes Gardner and Partners is very elegant. Each stair is supported only on one side, cantilevering out of the solid wall, which forms one ballustrade. The other is a single rectangular sheet of glass, floor to ceiling, creating a brilliantly minimalist stair that appears to float in air.
__SPACER__ A central glass stair was the focal point for the Nimes Mediatheque, designed in the 80s by Norman Foster.<p /><p />It was on a far larger scale than the versions, for Apple, such as that at the Soho New York store, and deliberately eschewed complex stainless steel fixings used by earlier Foster Glass staircases, which were associated with the high tech style which was starting to go out of fashion towards the late 80s.<p /><p />In other words, in terms of haute architectural design, the Apple store is a less ambitious copy of an 80s design, in a style that had already become unfashionable 20 years ago.<p /><p />