This staircase immediately stands out as not only something of real character, of inspiration and aesthetic beauty but also one that would be suitable for any homestead. Despite its large components, the design flows smoothly and the natural individuality of each piece speaks volumes about the singularity of this spiral installation from Lucjan Kuc.
The idea behind the project was to create a cost effective spiral staircase to connect the living room and the kitchen areas of a housing project. We personally feel that they've more than succeeded: not only through the finished look of it, but through the production methods involved; as you will find out below… .
The staircase structure is dependent on its components for both practicality and stability, as each monolithic piece of wooden block relies on its neighbour for structural support. Should the balance and weight distribution ration be changed, warping of the steel support pins, that run through the centre of the installation, would occur.
You may be thinking that the installation took a long time to assemble? Well, think again. The staircase itself only took a few hours to erect. The more interesting part of this story took part even before the wooden block were transported to the house.
To prevent splits, cracks and warping of the individual blocks (which would also alter the composition of their lay-out in the design—resulting in it eventually falling to pieces!), each piece was seasoned periodically, over several months, with water whilst being left to dry. As a result, the wood has this, very desirable, perma-wet finish.
So, the design by Lucjan Kuc is both aesthetically awesome and structurally safe for many years to come- but that's not even the best part! Due to the low cost of seasoning the wood, the short final assembly time and the subsequent low labour costs, the entire project came in at a total cost of €150!
To put the icing on the cake, the locally sourced spruce of the area gave the whole project little logistical cost and practically no carbon-footprint! Eco-friendly and affordable? It can be done!