The Stair-Scape Terrain Structure

Michael Jantzen Studio


 The Stair-Scape Terrain Structure is a prefabricated, modular, public, functional art project designed to encourage people to gather together and exercise. The 110 foot long structure is made up of three sections. Two of the sections consist of 120 steps and six landings. The third center section is made into the form of two low rolling hill-shaped ramps. The ideal location for the Stair-Scape Terrain Structure is in a public park where it could be located in line with a new or existing path. Visitors to the park who encounter the structure can climb on the stairs and/or walk on the curved shaped path for exercise. Skate-boarders and people in wheelchairs can also use the center-curved ramp. The two stairs and landing sections of the structure can be made of wood, and/or steel, the center-curved section is made of concrete. Since the structure is prefabricated and modular, it can be made almost any size to accommodate site-specific requirements. The aesthetic design of the Stair-Scape Terrain Structure is meant to symbolically refer to a landscape of mountains and hills.