The Staircase

The Architecture of Ascent



ISBN: 9780500517093 Category:

Oscar Tusquets Blanca, Martine Diot, Adelaïde de Savray, Jérôme Coignard, Jean Dethier


The essential purpose of a staircase is utilitarian: to facilitate ascent and descent. Yet the design of even the simplest stair is complex, requiring great knowledge, skill and ingenuity.

This volume showcases the astonishing diversity of staircases over the centuries, from the stepped pyramids of the Maya to the exquisitely proportioned stairs of the Renaissance, to the elaborate balustraded confections of the Baroque period, to the virtuosic, computer-aided designs of today. A superb range of photographs, many specially taken for this publication, illustrates clear and accessible written surveys by specialist architectural historians. From Renaissance masterpieces, the sweeping curves of Art Nouveau, the functional beauty of the Bauhaus, to high-tech contemporary dream creations, the staircase is a powerful emblem of technological and artistic achievement. Architectural tours de force all, often charged with religious, mystical and hierarchical meaning, these staircases are inherently dynamic, as is every page of this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book.

Additional information

Weight 1984 g
Dimensions 25.3 x 30.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2013
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.3 x 30.1 cm
Weight 1984 g


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Oscar Tusquets Blanca is an architect, designer, painter, writer and curator.

Martine Diot is head of information studies at the Centre for Research on Historical Monuments in Paris.