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Cells KLM Topside, Amsterdam [NL]

Cells KLM Topside, Amsterdam [NL]

EeStairs + Coare Realisatie

This four-stage staircase at KLM’s office at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport introduces an unusual organic design to a setting that is otherwise all about minimalist structures and high tech travel. The stairs, designed by Coare Realisatie and made and installed by EeStairs, feature EeStairs Cells® balustrades, whose open geometric networks can also be seen on the balcony balustrade outside the building.

This is the tallest set of Cells® stairs made by EeStairs, and the fact that the balustrades are largely transparent is a great benefit at an airport. So too is the way each flight of stairs is divided to create a ‘lane’ of steps for people to sit on cushions to watch aircraft.

The smoothly crafted handrails, and the treads of the white-painted steel stairs, are made with sustainable FSC-certified wood. Another key factor for KLM was safety, which is why the lower layer of geometric cells in the balustrades are smaller than those nearer the handrails.

Photography Hans Morren
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