Bogle Architects spent a busy day at Arup’s headquarters in London this week, presenting our shortlisted design for the No.8 @ Arup competition.
Each of the seven shortlisted designs responded to the brief to ‘design a staircase installation that will bring joy and delight to its users’.
Our design serves to unleash the user’s inner child by exploring all of the sensory possibilities of the everyday chore of vertical circulation. Moving from one floor of the building to another will become a fun, social spectacle, awakening all of the senses.
We proposed a prototype of our design that would connect level 2 of Arup’s HQ to the ground floor level.
The extended version of this prototype would consist of a pair of slides that twist through the atrium, linking level 5 to level 2, and level 2 to the ground floor. A social area, including a library and café, sits at the level 2 interchange.
The slides are made of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) – a translucent material that allows light to diffuse through the sculpture. LED rings illuminated by sensors will follow riders down the slide, creating a visual spectacle within the building’s atrium.
For more details, watch our design process video.