One man's style must not be the rule of another's
Today in the awesome 7 list; 7 awesome urban stairways. Part 1 as we found many interesting stairs for another part. Stairs that are part of a park, stairs that are going nowhere, colorful stairs and stairs that are actually nothing special but that’s the point. They all have in common that they don’t have just a function to get you from point A to point B, but they are there to beautify the surrounding as well.
Bilbao, Spain the garden that climbs the stairs by Diana Balmori has this otherwise huge grey stairs filled with this long angled structure of steel plates in which plants in all color and shapes can grow quietly. It looks simply spectacular. The colors, the arrangement of the plants, the contrast with the raw urban environment … a success.
Arnhem, the Netherlands. The city with one of the most beautiful city parks (the Sonsbeekpark). In this park there is the beautiful design of the “Steile Tuin” the steep garden. One big stairway to the middle of the garden begging to be climbed as on each terrace of the stairway you will find a new color of plants. We have yet to see an urban park with such a variety of plants to see feel and smell.
In Duisburg, Germany you can find this a huge staircase made like rollercoaster. The length of the “stairs” is 220 meters. This unusual installation was created by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth. The large-scale sculpture “Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain” is accessible for the public and in the night it is beautifully lit with thousands of led lights.
In Vancouver, Canada we find the 3-block Complex and Robson square planned and designed in 1973 by Arthur Erickson [landscape by Cornelia Oberlander]. The three-block development is connected by a three-dimensional urban park which incorporates a block-long rooftop reflecting pool, three waterfalls, a foot bridge, a man-made mountain, and hundreds of trees, shrubs, and ground coverings. The stairways are ingenious created stairs/ramps to be accessible for all.
Collodi, Italy is where you can find Villa Garzoni. Designed by Ottaviano Diodati in the end of the 18th century and proud owner of one of the most beautiful staircases. The stairway is like a monumental theater of Barok design. They say that the park surrounding the Villa inspired Carlo Collodi to writing his famous tale Pinocchio.
Escadaria Selarón is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claims it as “my tribute to the Brazilian people”. In 1990, Selarón began renovating a dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. At first, neighbours mocked him for his choice of colours as he covered the steps in fragments of blue, green and yellow tiles – the colours of the Brazilian flag. It started out as a side-project to his main passion, painting but soon became an obsession. He found he was constantly out of money so sold paintings to fund his work. It was long and exhaustive work but he continued on and eventually covered the entire set of steps in tiles, ceramics and mirrors.
And something completely different you fin In Sydney, Australia. The stairs running to the famous opera house are not spectacular by itself. but the fact that they kept the stairs so simple. Straight without any distractions and the fact that there are these strange and beautiful shapes of the opera itself waiting for you on the top makes it to this list.