What goes up must come down, and a good staircase is no exception. As humanity migrated into cities and property values rose, so did the buildings. The easiest way of extending the usable space of a property is by extending upwards and so the skyscraper race began, and with it an explosion of staircase fitting. Whether you live in a high-rise or a house, there is usually a staircase fitting right into the heart of the building, unheeded, unnoticed, but used many times a day to connect the various parts of the house together.
Though it has a definite job to do, a staircase need not just be functional. Some of the most stunning tourist attractions in the world are focused on a staircase, fitting form and function into something that speaks to the human condition and draws the crowds time and time again. Take a look at the following list of interesting staircases around the world.
The Spanish Steps
Possibly the most quintessential staircase fitting the job is the Spanish Steps in the heart of Rome. The long sweep of steps joins the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti with its stunning church at the top. The spot is a magnet for the tourists who flood Rome each summer and it is has become feature of wide cultural importance with the staircase fitting into a whole swathe of films and artworks, not least the classic 1953 film ‘Roman Holiday’ with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
The Great Wall of China
This iconic piece of masonry has captured the imagination for centuries, but we usually think about its length and height, not its steps. However, along the 21,196km of wall it is estimated that there a mind-boggling 30 million steps built into the battlements as it rolls up and over the rich hills of northern China.
The Niesen Railway
Officially the longest staircase in the world, the steps beside the Niesen mountain railway in Switzerland climb a breath-taking 1,669km of altitude in a staggering 11,764 steps. It is primarily for engineers to access the mountain train’s track with the staircase fitting on the side of the steep railway. If you want to give this one a go, it is only open to climbers for one day a year during the annual Niesen Run event.
Your Next Project
You may not need to scale a mountain or want to build a tourist attraction, but if you need a staircase fitting, you want to make sure it is fit for purpose, looks good and is made to last. Dean Joinery’s team of expert carpenters have many years’ experience of staircase fitting and can design and install bespoke staircases for personal or commercial properties. Their website gallery has some great examples of their work, and their 10,000 square foot showroom and workshop in Coleford, Gloucestershire is worth a visit if you have a project in mind. Contact the team now to get your new staircase started!