Z1 Staircase Stringer Design Element from Arden Released

03-Aug-10
Arden Architectural in Brisbane has released specifications of a new architectural staircase stringer with design resources for architects and specifiers.

Arden Architectural in Brisbane has released specifications of a new architectural staircase stringer with design resources for architects and specifiers.

In a dazzling combination of stainless steel, wood, and glass, Arden’s zigzag stringer staircase is an elegant marriage of structural precision and aesthetic excellence. The ‘zigzag’ shaped stringer, which is usually manufactured from plate steel, is the signature feature of this staircase. Each stair tread is mounted to the stringer, while risers may be added or left out to create a visually lighter effect. Depending on the width and the length of the stairs, other structural components, such as vertical support columns, may be required.

The stylistic marvel of Arden’s zigzag is owed to the careful attention the designers pay to choosing materials. This thoughtful selection creates truly breathtaking assemblies of tread, stringer, riser, and support columns. Some stair installations feature twin support columns that elegantly compliment the plate steel stringer while helping to anchor precisely cut infill panels. With its polished wooden treads and transparent glass risers, the staircase conveys a dynamic energy; it is quite literally rising into the air. The soft woods and reflective glass play off one another, meshing warmth and cool structural finesse. Other installations enclose the underside of the tread and the riser with stepped soffits, transforming the stringer into a compelling three dimensional zigzag. Light reflects off the underside, creating visually captivating views from every angle. This multiplicity of remarkable views has made the zigzag especially popular in office settings.

Arden’s care in material selection allows the zigzag to be a prominent element without overwhelming its surroundings. As Arden’s design manager Matthew Browne explains, “The wealth of design opportunities afforded by material choice, structural considerations, and client specifications has yielded dozens of amazing variations on the zigzag, each one designed to specifically match and enhance its environment.”

Matthew encourages interested parties to visit Arden’s website to browse through their extensive zigzag portfolio. The photos and PDF technical data sheet detailing the Z1 are available at the Z1 design page.