Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Glass Stairs, all the rage!

OK so I am sure everyone is asking why build a staircase totally out of glass?  We'll because they can!!!  And of course because it is truly remarkable...

Not for the faint of heart or those who do not like to look down, a glass staircase can make an unbelievable statement to an interior.  Visions of floating on air or suspended by light come to mind.  Not too long ago the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History re-opened after a 180 million dollar renovation.  The international design firm firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merill led the design work and one of the crown jewels for the new museum is the all glass staircase in the central lobby.  I had the fortune of being one of the first to check it out and to walk the planks when it opened.
No matter how great a photograph can be, experiencing the real deal for yourself is the way to go.  Next time you're in the Washington area check out the National Museum of American History. 

Maybe not so new to the scene but what a way to say WOW... Well over 20 years ago at the Carre D’art museum in Nimes, France the glass staircase made its debut.  No I have not been there yet but rest assure it's on my bucket list!

Design and the human spirit can stretch our imagination to new heights in ways we have yet to even experience.  Hooray for innovation, the human spirit and the need to explore how we interact within our world!!

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