img(height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2939831959404383&ev=PageView&noscript=1")

No schlep to the Schloss

One of over 800 castles in the region, Burg Schlöss in Germany’s South Tyrol has clung to its rugged crag for almost 1000 years. But today’s tourists face a steep 45-minute walk up the mountain to reach it. Now that has all changed: local forge and metal working shop Schwärzer has built a bespoke iron staircase, with railings made from Mevaco untreated steel crimped mesh. Having been around since 1648, the firm obviously knows the area and mountain very well, which must have come in handy when operatives had to abseil down the crag face to fix the stair directly to the bare rock. ‘The client wanted a light, almost floating design,’ said company director Priska Schwärzer. Whether the fabrication floats or not, the fabricators definitely did.

 

Latest

Bid to be one of six to join a new four-year Somerset and Wiltshire framework, revitalise an historic East of England city centre or help tell the tale of Cornwall. These are some of the latest architecture contracts and competitions from across the industry

Latest: £6m West Country architectural services agreement

Will Burges’ self-build family home in suburban south London is inhabited and looks finished, but this flexible, future-looking house is intended to be a work in progress

It looks complete, but Will Burges’ house is intended never to be truly finished

London calling: why Mexican Fernando Sordo Madaleno de Haro, partner at Sordo Madaleno, crossed the pond to set up a UK office

How and why Mexico’s Sordo Madaleno is setting up up an office in the UK capital

Pen, pencil, computer or even AI –whatever your medium, our drawing competition is open for submissions

How do you see the world around you?

The bigger the window the better the outlook... Eleanor Young looks at how our attitudes to prospect and refuge are changing

How our attitudes to prospect and refuge are changing