When is a Stair More Than a Stair?

When is a stair more than a stair? Playing on the intrinsic function of stairs as a way of connecting people and places, casual seating is often part of a stair design. Sometimes just the steps themselves create the seating.

RedHat, Boston. Photo © Robert Benson Photography.

RedHat, Boston. Photo © Robert Benson Photography.

Laterally extending the last few steps and adding cushions makes a great space for a quick break with abundant natural light.


HubSpot, Cambridge, MA. Photo © Robert Benson

Classic bleachers add a collegial touch.

Confidential Client, London. Photography © Hufton+Crow.

Minimalistic stadium stairs offer a view of London.

LinkedIn, Chicago. Photo © Eric Laignel

LinkedIn, Chicago. Photo © Eric Laignel

Stairs provide plenty of seating using very little space.

Confidential client, San Francisco. Photo © Japer Sanidad

Confidential client, San Francisco. Photo © Japer Sanidad

For a casual briefing, the stairs provide a platform.



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