ASCENT

Academic Year

Fall semester of 2017

Criteria

Design a stair assembly that navigates a tall and steep slope. The stair may have alternative functions, but the primary objective is to design a stair that allows for ascent and descent. The critical investigations will be to explore the act of ascending/descending, to research and analyze a variety of stair assemblies and develop critique, iterate potential design solutions, and craft a quality model.

Must fit within a 45 degree slope with treads of 10 inches and risers of 7 inches. Every 8 feet vertically there must be a landing.

Description

The width of each stair was minimized with the use of single steps instead of traditional wider steps. The steps were calculated to be at 75 degrees in relation to a person’s path up the slope to fit within the slope. For every 8 feet vertically, there is a landing where the direction of the stairs is mirrored to allow for a more direct path up the slope.