Staircase at One & Five Bank Street

Simon Groves, a Senior Associate in our London office, recently shared details on the unique asymmetrical staircase at One Bank Street in London, via Archello. The 700,000-square-foot office tower at Canary Wharf was designed by Kohn Pederson Fox with Adamson Associates (International) Limited as Executive Architect. Interiors were provided by TP Bennett.

TP Bennett produced the initial design concepts for the staircase. “We originally worked up the design as a spiral,” explained Andrew McLean. “But we have a designer who’s very interested in the geometry of stairs and he produced a more interesting ‘ribbon’ design.”

The refinement of that SketchUp concept was carried out by Adamson’s team, which developed the detailed design in close collaboration with the specialists at EeStairs.

Staircase at One & Five Bank Street Staircase at One & Five Bank Street

“I wanted to create a staircase that had a pure form,” says Groves, who lead the refinement of the feature stair. “Simplifying the ribbons of the inner and outer balustrade enclosures, and raising them to 1900mm, with no unnecessary undulation at the landings between the stair flights was key. This meant there were no stop-start points in the balustrades, just a pure form.”