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This first example features a wood stair that is well integrated into a porous wall composed of horizontal members with spacers and gaps in between. It's easy to imagine the steps slotted between the horizontals continuing through to the other side of the wall. Another view ...
These wood steps are more slender than the previous example, but a close look at their underside reveals steel plates in a T-section that are connected to the concrete wall. Nevertheless, from above the effect is the same as other stairs here, where the steps seem to float independently in midair.
This example melds my previous ideabook on steel stairs with this one on cantilevered steps. A wood stair cantilevered from one wall is built in wood, making it ribbonlike, yet boxy. The glass guardrail reinforces the floating effect of this stair.
Not all cantilevered stairs need be so dramatic, projecting the full width from a wall. This example features steps extending past a wall below the stair. The decision to do so might be related to the rough, stacked-stone wall or the need for usable space below the stair. Next, a straight-on look...
This last example is included to illustrate that cantilevered stairs can also be used in exterior applications. These concrete steps project from a cast-in-place concrete wall, and they float above a wood deck. Here the structure is hidden in shadow, as most likely intended, but the effect is sublime.
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