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Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent

 
 
Author
Oscar Tusquets Blanca, Martine Diot, Adelaïde de Savray, Jérôme Coignard & Jean Dethier.
Publisher Vendome  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 13.25 x 10 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780865653092
Pages/Publication Date 240/2012
Daedalus Item Code 61782
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The stair is one of the most ancient and essential forms in architecture, while the staircase can be one of the most expressive and dramatic. From the stepped pyramids of the Maya to the exquisitely proportioned stairs of the Renaissance, from the elaborately decorated confections of the baroque period to the startlingly sculptural, computer-aided designs of today, this book celebrates the diversity of expression and design sense in the staircase. Here are superb examples like Michelangelo's double stair at the Palazzo dei Senatori on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, the entrance stair in the Winter Palace (now the Hermitage) in St. Petersburg, and the exterior stair at the Pompidou Center in Paris, in color photos up to 19 x 13 inches.

"Beautiful images of a range of stairways ... [reveal] a history of the trends, innovations, and modernizations of the seemingly simple invention that helps us get from one floor to the next."—Daily Beast

 
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