If you’ve visited the Suncorp Vero building with its soaring foyer and stunning central stairs with elegant handrail and beautiful timber stair treads, you’ll understand the incredible anchoring effect that a timber stairway can make in any space.
“Often it becomes a focal point of the entry into a building and it always makes a statement in an interior or entranceway,” says The Woodsmiths’ general manager Daryl Boakes.
In the Suncorp building, the stair cuts through four levels, which was no mean feat; the builders had to slice a stairwell through four concrete floors to accommodate it.
Daryl says the American oak stair treads anchor space and their warmth juxtaposes against the more utilitarian qualities of concrete and steel in the space.
“It basically became the pivotal central part of that building – the stairway ties all the floors together.”
The timber treads are inlaid with a rubber grip pad on each step and two metal strips on the nose of the tread, in order to comply with health and safety requirements.