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Cantilevered Transparent Staircases

The Aquarium Gleneagles Glass Stairs is a Spectacular Sight

— November 30, 2011 — Art & Design
The Aquarium Gleneagles Glass Stairs shows just how much of an impact a sculptural staircase can have within a space. In this case, these stairs seem to be the main attraction as it circles a long, tubular aquarium. Since the actual stairs are made out of the same glass that encases the underwater wonders right next to it, there doesn't appear to be an end of beginning to each.

Created by Diapo, a London-based staircase fabricator, the Aquarium Gleneagles Glass Stairs has a cantilevered, helical look that also sets it apart from other sculptural staircases. A lesson in rural tranquillity, this aquarium and staircase is actually the centerpiece of a home, not a museum, gallery or other similar public space that it looks to be at first glance.
Trend Themes
1. Sculptural Staircases - Businesses can create unique and visually stunning spaces, and attract customers through the installation of bespoke stairs with designs that give a strong first impression.
2. Innovative Materials - Opportunities exist in the manufacturing of stairs with bespoke materials like glass, acrylic and polished metal, that create elegant reflections and transparency.
3. Combining Design Elements - Incorporating different design elements like aquariums, waterfalls or hanging gardens with staircases can create dynamic and striking spaces, leading to new experiences for visitors.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Interior Design - Leverage technology and advanced manufacturing to create designer staircases that join function and innovative aesthetics.
2. Homebuilding - Opportunities exist for builders and manufacturers to incorporate bespoke, unique features like stylish staircases in new builds and renovated homes to appeal to luxury homeowners and home buyers.
3. Tourism - Tourism, hospitality and entertainment industry can benefit from creating visually stunning and unique spaces, which showcase exquisite design features like aquarium staircases, as a big attraction to draw visitors.
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