Cundall Birmingham office staircase has been featured by Dezeen as one of their top ten, most impressive staircases of 2018.
When Cundall’s Birmingham office reached capacity in 2017 the decision was made to expand the capacity of the office by occupying both the fourth and fifth floors of 15 Colmore Row. To achieve this, the architect and Cundall’s structural team conceived the idea of creating an opening in the 5th floor slab and designed a symbolic helical staircase linking the two floors. Not only does it physically connect the two floors, but it creates a strong visual signifier for the unifying of the two levels. It also promotes Cundall’s health and wellbeing agenda by encouraging physical activity in the workplace.
The structural design of the staircase is based on an innovative lattice truss system which was developed in-house to convey an impression of simplicity, elegance, delicateness with inherent strength and openness.
Cundall structural partner, Tim Stidwill commented ‘The creation of the helical plywood staircase in our Birmingham office was a crucial part of the office expansion and development as it provided an essential collaborative link between our team members across two floors. Our in-house structural engineering team applied innovative design techniques to realise the unique form and use of materials for the staircase, so to have it included as one of Dezeen’s top 10 staircases of 2018 is a fantastic accolade for Cundall.’