We collaborated with André Caradec of S/U/M Architecture on the design and fabrication of this unique guardrail screen. We had a clear idea of the design goals but did not know how best to fabricate and install the final product in the most economical way. The pattern resulted from a desire for the perforations to get larger at eye level while moving up or down the stair. Given the need for a lightweight, self-supporting, and cost-effective structure, André’s team developed an economical, laminated, translucent material that animates the screen as it catches the changing light in the space.
This digitally scripted and fabricated stair guardrail derives inspiration from several sources: our client’s love of the complex patterns explored in her profession as a biological illustrator, our interest in the continuous surfaces of the work of Erwin Hauer in the 1950s, and the desire for the element to welcome and draw the visitor up and through the cramped and dark entryway of the existing mid-century home. Please contact us for more detailed information.