Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent by Martine Diot, Jean Dethier, Adelaide De Savray, Jerome Coignard, Oscar Tusquets Blanca (Hardback, 2013)
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- DescriptionThe essential purpose of a staircase is utilitarian: to facilitate ascent and descent. Yet the design of even the simplest stair is complex, requiring great kwledge, skill, and ingenuity. This volume showcases the astonishing diversity of staircases over the centuries, from the stepped pyramids of the Maya to the exquisitely proportioned stairs of the Renaissance, to the elaborate balustraded confections of the Baroque period, to the virtuosic, computer-aided designs of today. Among the scores of featured staircases are Michelangelo's double stair at the Palazzo dei Senatori on the Capitoline Hill in Rome; the double-spiral stair at Chateau de Chambord in France's Loire Valley; the entrance stair in the Winter Palace (w the Hermitage) in St. Petersburg; the radical spiral ramp of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum; and the exterior stair at the Pompidou Center in Paris. Architectural tours de force all, often charged with religious, mystical, and hierarchical meaning, these staircases are inherently dynamic, as is every page of this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book. Praise for Staircases Forget utilitarian, boring staircases. This book illustrates an array of stunners, from Frank Lloyd Wright's spire ramp at the Guggenheim to Michelangelo's Roman masterpieces. -- At Home A useful piece of architecture that transcends cultures and location, staircases have been around almost as long as humans have. A new book, Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent, presents a dizzying array of staircases across the globe and throughout history. -- PopSugar If you, like me, fill your bookshelves with visual passion and lovely bound imagery, then you too will enjoy the downward or upward lift from Oscar Tusquet's Staircases: The Architecture of Ascent. -- La Maison Fou With beautiful images of a range of stairways. . . see a history of the trends, invations, and modernizations of the seemingly simple invention that helps us get from one floor to the next. -- The Daily Beast The constructions documented in 'Staircases' are like ballets, set to orchestrations of marble, limestone, granite, cast iron, steel and inlaid wood. -- The Wall Street Journal
- Author BiographyOscar Tusquets Blanca is an architect, designer, painter, writer, and curator. He lives in Barcelona. Martine Diot is a historian and head of information studies at the Centre for Research on Historical Monuments in Paris. She has published several books on architectural design. Adelaide de Savray is a graduate of the Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle. Now living in Pittsburgh, she has worked as a research assistant and archivist with an interest in the cultural heritage of France. Jerome Coignard is an art historian and journalist who writes regularly for the magazine Connaissance des Arts. His books include Dream Palaces: The Last Royal Courts of Europe (2004). Jean Dethier is an architect and urban planner. He has curated more than twenty exhibitions at the Pompidou Centre, Paris.
- Author(s)Adelaide De Savray,Jean Dethier,Jerome Coignard,Martine Diot,Oscar Tusquets Blanca
- PublisherVendome Press
- Date of Publication29/10/2013
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintVendome Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, colour illustrations, frontispiece
- Weight1996 g
- Width251 mm
- Height338 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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