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2Vertebrae Staircase / Andrew McConnellVertebrae Staircase / Andrew McConnellThe staircase is one of the interesting components of a house. From the uses, the staircasehas turned to be a key element, which designers must pay close attention to. The design changes to suit different aspects keep on happening on different parts of the construction industry. The staircase is not an option and this has witnessed different designs being presented and done. One of the interesting staircase which I enjoy designing is the Vertebrae staircase, which is represented on the article by Karissa Rosenfield. Andrew McConnell first did the design of this staircase. It is known that the design of the staircase was inspired by whale spine, where the stair is able to represent the organic form of the animal (Rosenfield, 2013 and Rust, 2005). This article will represent to major key parts of the staircase, which include the landing and the guardrail components. In details, the paper will talk about the design aspects and the intended aesthetic factors of the parts. Lastly, this paper will look at the different materials, which are used, and their intention in the staircase. The landing is a key component of the staircase since it is able to bear the completely moving weight. During the design of the staircase, this part must be strong enough to be able to bear the load and withstand the forces, which are applied. Floor plates are used in this type if staircase as the main landings. The landings, which are the floor plates are only attached on one area, which connects to the guardrail. This is done to bring out the aesthetic part of a whale spine. The lack of double support on both ends makes the staircase interesting and worth enjoyable in designing (BD & L (Firm), 2011). Moreover, the beat part of every design design relies on the structural capability to be able to carry the design load. This is well taken care of since different materials with different strength are used to ensure that the staircase does not fail under the load. The design uses steel in order to take care of the structural capability to carry the
3Vertebrae Staircase / Andrew McConnelldesign load. Steel firing are used in the staircase in order to the required strength capability (Rosenfield, 2013). Different connections are made inform of structural spirals, which are able torun through the vertebra and the handrail. In addition, structural foam and the network of the steel connections are used in the design to attain the required strength of the staircase (Caswell &Recorded Books, Inc., 2012). The different parts are unified by the vertebra section and thereforeincreasing the aesthetic part of the staircase. The interlocking of the parts is rigid and self-supporting to ensure that the staircase is able to meet the different aspects of design. In terms of materials used, the staircase utilizes the durable layer of fiber materials, which is able to enhance the appearance and aesthetic of the staircase. The design of the landings is done to ensure that thelanding will not fail under loss (Rosenfield, 2013). The connection s of steel to the vertebra and structural spiral are well connected to ensure that the design parameters are met.
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