“Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future, which will embrace architecture and sculpture and painting in one unity and which will one day rise toward heaven from the hands of a million workers…”
The words of Gropius, written for the Weimar Bauhaus Manifesto back in 1919, sum up the complexity behind the concept, planning and building of the Endless Stair, a temporary installation that recently stood before London’s Tate Modern during the London Design Festival.
The idea sprung from the collaboration between the London Design Festival and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). The aim was to experiment manufacturing cross-laminated panels, an industrial timber with excellent mechanical strength properties, using American tulipwood, an abundant hardwood.
The Endless Stair project was the result of a...