Staircases: The Architecture Of Ascent by Oscar Tusquets BlancaStaircases: The Architecture Of Ascent by Oscar Tusquets Blanca

Staircases: The Architecture Of Ascent

Text byOscar Tusquets Blanca, Martine Diot, Adelaïde De Savray

Hardcover | October 29, 2013

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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. Among the scores of featured staircases are Michelangelo’s double stair at the Palazzo dei Senatori on the Capitoline Hill in Rome; the double-spiral stair at Château de Chambord in France’s Loire Valley; the entrance stair in the Winter Palace (now the Hermitage) in St. Petersburg; the radical spiral ramp of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum; and the exterior stair at the Pompidou Center in Paris. 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. Praise for Staircases:
"Forget utilitarian, boring staircases. This book illustrates an array of stunners, from Frank Lloyd Wright's spire ramp at the Guggenheim to Michelangelo's Roman masterpieces."—At Home

"A useful piece of architecture that transcends cultures and location, staircases have been around almost as long as humans have. A new book, Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent, presents a dizzying array of staircases across the globe and throughout history." —PopSugar

"If you, like me, fill your bookshelves with visual passion and lovely bound imagery, then you too will enjoy the downward or upward lift from Oscar Tusquet's Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent." —La Maison Fou

"With beautiful images of a range of stairways. . . see a history of the trends, innovations, and modernizations of the seemingly simple invention that helps us get from one floor to the next."—The Daily Beast

"The constructions documented in 'Staircases' are like ballets, set to orchestrations of marble, limestone, granite, cast iron, steel and inlaid wood." —The Wall Street Journal
Oscar Tusquets Blanca is an architect, designer, painter, writer, and curator. He lives in Barcelona. Martine Diot is a historian and head of information studies at the Centre for Research on Historical Monuments in Paris. She has published several books on architectural design. Adelaïde de Savray is a graduate of the Université Sorb...
Title:Staircases: The Architecture Of AscentFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:240 pages, 13.25 × 10 × 1.12 inShipping dimensions:13.25 × 10 × 1.12 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0865653097

ISBN - 13:9780865653092