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

What is enough? Matthew Dalziel, co-curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, talks about degrowth and libraries for sharing more than books

Oslo Triennale curator asks what is enough?

Communal space, resident input to the design, and sacrosanct private space – Mole Architects’ Marmalade Lane scheme in Cambridge is a model of developer co-housing

Communal planning with sacrosanct personal space

Young photographer Fred Howarth captures Battersea Arts Centre in a moment of transition

‘The dust caught the light in an amazing way’