dRMM’s design team are on site in Zurich, Switzerland for their first glimpse of Endless Stair. The project will scale new heights in timber design as the first such structure to use American tulipwood cross-laminated timber (CLT).
The CLT for Endless Stair was produced in Italy by timber specialist Imola Legno. The panels were transported to Switzerland and the separate flights of stairs are now being assembled by Nüssli, a company specialising in temporary, permanent and modular structures.
Endless Stair will be brought to London at the beginning of September. Carpenters from Nüssli will then erect and fix the Stair which will open to the public on 13th September.
Work on the substructure repairs of Hastings Pier will be starting in the next few weeks as the Hastings Pier Charity takes ownership of the structure.
The charity was formally granted ownership of the historic site on Wednesday 14th August 2013. Funding for the project was secured in major part through the Heritage Lottery Fund earlier in 2013.
The first phase of dRMM’s scheme will include below deck repairs, new deck and balustrades, the redevelopment of the surviving Old Pavilion into a restaurant and the provision of a new visitor centre with a roof top viewing terrace. Aspirations for future phases include reinstatement of banjos and landing stage and the provision of a sliding timber canopy that supports a seasonal calendar of events and animates the skyline.
dRMM’s Endless Stair for the London Design Festival 2013 will be sited in front of the Tate Modern from 13 September – 10 October 2013.
dRMM director Professor Alex de Rijke said, “Endless Stair is a temporary sculpture designed to be endlessly reconfigured. After initially considering a site at St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Design Festival team have decided the best location for the Stair’s debut is outside Tate Modern, Bankside. 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.”
dRMM’s Tower of Love has been shortlisted for this year’s Wood Awards.
The building is one of 30 shortlisted projects which will be in the running for the Gold Award, which will be announced on the 19th November at a reception hosted by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters. The Wood Awards 2013 shortlist will be showcased for the first time at 100% Design in London from 18-21 September.
The Tower of Love is the first building to be built on the golden mile in Blackpool for many years. The building provides a focal point for visitors; a large restaurant and local information office at promenade level, with registry offices and ceremony hall above.