Stepping Up: Showcase Stairs II
More Show-Stopping Stairway Design in Utah Architecture
You may not have noticed from our first article on stairs, but we think stairways are fabulous. And not just because they are utilized day in and day out by most building inhabitants— from dramatic to exquisite, stairs can easily add to and even create the ambiance of a space. Take a look at a few of our favorite stairways.
Curtis Miner Architecture Office Building
Forgive us for tooting our own horn, but we think these steps are striking. The team effort between our Principals Jay Taggart and Curtis Miner was one of Jay’s first projects at the office. “We wanted something that would stand out,” said Jay. And stand out it does. With cherry wood railings and guardrails, the designers created a traditional showpiece of a stair to display CMA’s expertise. Jay continued, “People who walk into our space comment that it is a nice stairway. Even the underside is beautiful.”
Deseret First Credit Union Operations Center
While the building itself has an eye-catching interior, what truly draws a double-take is the staircase. It is one of the centerpieces of the building, grabbing attention immediately as employees and visitors enter the lobby. The stairs, designed by Principal Gerrit Timmerman and Project Architect Mike Anderson, had to be enclosed for safety. Despite this, the designers wanted to create something unique and appealing. The circular, modern staircase is one of our favorites with its silver vertical slats, metal nosing and rails, and wooden stairs.
Vivint Aircraft Hangar
We love this stair for its industrial feel and minimalism. Designed by Principal Curtis Miner and Project Architect Dallas Nelson, the steel stringers and handrails have an aircraft aluminum finish. The metal, industrial look fits perfectly with the aircraft cables and adds another nod to the hangar. Bonus feature? The window in the stairwell allows a peek at the aircraft and the goings-on inside the hangar.
No matter the design—traditional, modern, or industrial—stairs can serve to fit any style.