Making it Fun To Take The Stairs

For a long time we ran a regular post series called "Stair of the Week" devoted to the premise that if stairs were designed with more care and flair, then people wouldn't take the elevators and escalators so much, saving energy and getting a healthier population.

PSFK shows us Volkswagen's "Fun Theory" project, and proves the point with this stairway in the Odenplan Station in Stockholm. The stairs were turned into a musical instrument, each tread wired up to sound like a piano key.

The results were impressive.

The number of people taking the stairs instead of the escalator increased by 66%. And when you watch the video, you see that people didn't just walk, they dance, they try to play a tune. Volkswagen via PSFK

More Stairs:
Stair of the Week: Alberto Mozó's Demountable Spiral
Stair of the Week: "The Serendipity of Communication and Collaboration."
Stair of the Week: New York Times Building
Stair of the Week: For Cats
Stair of the Week: Folded Stair by Kevin Low

Tags: Sweden