Stair of the Week doubles as a meeting area in Weiden+Kennedy New York offices

stair from below
© Bruce Damonte via Designboom

Designboom shows us the new New York offices for Wieden+Kennedy, an international ad agency. Work Architecture did the architecture work, including this big interior stair that doubles as a meeting area.

I love showing stairs that make you want to climb from floor to floor because they are so attractive and enticing, stairs that become more than stairs. Designboom describes this one as "a circular shaped, walnut-clad ‘coin stair’ features bleacher seating that can accommodate office-wide meetings or informal discussions below a spider-shaped structure that transfers load from a removed column." That's an interesting bit of engineering; I wonder how many floors those structural gymnastics are supporting.

I also wonder if the handrail police will complain about that swoopy outer handrail. Most building codes require guards below the handrail to keep people from falling through, but the rules are often less restrictive in commercial uses where there are no kids running around. Here also the swoopy rail is a long way from where the circulation stairs are and are around the bleacher portion.

How do you stop people from banging their heads on the underside? Add a curvy bench. Lots more photos on Designboom and Trends Now

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