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Arup engineers Escher-inspired Endless Stair

13 Aug 13 Visitors to this year’s London Design Festival in September will be able to climb an series of Arup-engineered interlocking staircases inspired by the drawings of MC Escher.

Arup has worked in collaboration with dRMM on the design of the Endless Stair and has provided materials, fire and structural engineering services on the project.

It will be sited on the lawn in front of the Tate Modern museum on London’s South Bank.

Endless Stair has a total of 187 steps and will be 7.7m high, approximately the same height as a three-storey building. The structure will provide visitors with views of both the Tate Modern and the River Thames.

"Endless Stair has provided a great opportunity to apply pure engineering principles to a unique artistic installation, using a material that we firmly believe should be used in more mainstream buildings in the near future," said Arup senior structural engineer Helen Groat.

"Endless Stair is a temporary sculpture designed to be endlessly reconfigured,” said dRMM director Professor Alex de Rijke. “The programme of modern art and architecture, combined with the Thames panorama of London, provides a context to which dRMM's Escher-inspired installation can make a distinctive contribution."

The Endless Stair will open to the public on 13 September for one week as part of the London Design Festival.  

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