Clad truss staircase

Truss construction methods have natural application to commercial-scale staircase designs, but are still relatively uncommon.

The T2 utilises a non-visual truss assembly (see the T1 brochure for an example of a visual ‘feature’ truss design), cladding the structural members in opaque material. The resulting impression is impressive in monolithic aspect. The broad expanse of material following the geometric course of the flights provides the opportunity for creating a striking feature. Clad in raw or painted steel sheet, the stark silhouette of the T2 can invade and dominate a space and provide contrast for more naturalistic surrounds. Clad in timber, the staircase remains a warmer, yet still imposing design, drawing on the natural beauty of timber and the extensive use of angles


Commercial grade mild steel truss staircase frames are constructed from 50mm SHS. It may be sheeted with pre-finished and treated 3mm sheet metal lining or with structural plywood and pre-finished recycled timber shiplap tongue and groove cladding.


Arden Architectural is a BSA licensed contractor for carpentry, joinery, glass, glazing and aluminium as well as structural metal fabrication and erection. Arden supplies a Form 16 (Licensed Contractor) on all projects. In design and construct contracts, a Form 15 (Design Engineer) certification is supplied upon request. For products and services incorporating this design element, the table below details compliance with relevant codes and standards.

Title Applicability
BCA The Building Code of Australia Full compliance
AS NZS 1170.1-2002 Structural Design Actions – Permanent, imposed and other actions Full compliance
AS 1288-2006 Glass in Buildings. Selection and installation Not applicable
AS NZS 1554.1-2004 Structural steel welding - Welding of steel structures Full compliance
AS 1554.6-1994 Welding stainless steels for structural purposes Full compliance
AS NZS 4586-2004 Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface materials Full compliance
AS 1428.1-2001 Design for access and mobility Full compliance
AS 1657-1992 Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders. Design,
construction and installation
Full compliance