Brought on by Architects EAT, we were tasked with fabricating a completely new staircase and cladding from scratch, including structural support, stairs, balustrades, handrails and all.
The challenge? Wrapping it tightly around an existing glass lift shaft — inside a heritage building. The project was commissioned in 12mm solid blackened steel plate, a gorgeous architectural feature presenting its own unique considerations. The colour and grain varies from sheet to sheet, so we meticulously traced and cut each panel on an upward diagonal, moving the pieces around to achieve a consistent grain running up the balustrade. Visible joins were out of the question, requiring consultation with the architect on join placements, which were then smoothly welded. Installing this 3-4 tonne staircase was a structural weight job performed to high-end architectural standards. Although we don’t usually undertake installations, it was felt that Formanova was the only party capable of carrying out this exact and delicate task. We winched each balustrade piece into place by hand, and, rather than having ‘seen fixings’ by using bolts, we welded them to the staircase onsite in a painstakingly delicate process. The result was a stunning injection of industrial edge into the building’s heritage brickwork interior.
Architects EAT and Interface Construction
The Local Project, Australian Interior Design Awards – Commendation Workplace Design, IDEA Awards – Shortlist, ArchitectureAU, Better Future Design Awards – Gold, Artichoke Magazine.