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People in Prague must have quite a good sense of balance.

Why do I say this?  Check out the Ribbon Staircase:

I know I would eat sh*t on those and probably cut myself up pretty bad in the process.

Designed by Petr Hájek, Tomáš Hradečný, and Jan Šépka of HSH Architects, this potential deathtrap is constructed of pairs of adjoining steps made of 10mm thick sheet metal.  They connect to the wall via brackets anchored in the wall.  The design allows for a majority of the pressure to be transmitted to the lower steps, while the upper steps carry very little tension caused by weight.

The Ribbon Staircase won the certificate of Merit in the grand prix of the Czech Society of Architects in 2002.  Umm, I can’t help but notice that it has not gone into mass production.

Could this be because it looks like some sort of trap from a Saw movie combined with a freaky graphic drawn by M.C. Escher.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazylek/3101339730/sizes/o/in/photostream/

See what I mean?

Regardless, it is unique and quite cool to look at.  I just wouldn’t trust myself on it in the dark of night – or the middle of the day, for that matter.

by John Barker

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