Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Swirling Spiral Staircases

Eckmuhl Lighthouse, France
The uses and benefits of spiral staircases go back to ages ago. Although the exact date of
origin is unknown, but we know they came into common use during the Middle Ages
(between the 5th and 12th centuries) as a way to reach the top of towers — often held
inside a castle's outer walls.

Arc De Triomphe, France

Vatican Museum

Spiral staircases would give advantage to the King's army against enemies. They typically wound in a clockwise direction, from the ascendant's point of view, so right-handed sword fighters would find it difficult to navigate the spiral stairs into the castle, especially to go upwards in such narrow pathway. Several men at once could not storm the tower to attack or take over, but instead had to go up one by one.

Sagrada Familia, Spain
The first spiral staircases like the ones in the medieval castles and lighthouses were made of stone. Modern materials and technology have then paved the way for the most artistic versions in wood and metal and in combinations of many different materials. Through the ages, the spiral staircase has become all about the customization to fit the specific style, form, and function desired.  
Dresden, Germany
Today, spiral staircases have different practical purposes and can be aesthetically appealing. They maximize floorspace and make efficient use of areas in smaller homes and condos.

Cottbus University Library, Germany

Heal’s Department Store, United Kingdom

San Francisco, USA

Queen’s House, United Kingdom



Castle Hartenfels in Torgau, Germany

Tokyo, Japan

Chinese Garden, Singapore

Dresden, Germany

Deutsche Kinemathek Museum, Germany

Munich, Germany

Dresden, Germany

Vizcaya Museum, USA

The Queen's House in Greenwich, London, England

Hanover, Germany

Geneva, Switzerland

Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia


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