Like every other kid, I used to climb trees, just for fun. The world looks completely different, when you find yourself on a high branch, swinging around, looking at all the other people below, going about with their ordinary lives. You are on top of the world. The greatest challenge was always, finding the right approach at the bottom trunk of the tree, to be able to lift yourself up from the ground. I only wish that back in the days, I would have what Thor ter Kulve and Rob McIntyre created, CanopyStair – an Eco friendly, spiral staircase, that can be attached to the trunk of a tree, and make the climb up a breeze.
Thor ter Kulve and Rob McIntyre created these remarkable modular system of steps, during their last year of their postgraduate programme, in the Royal College of Art. It was extremely important for them, to develop the steps system in a way that will cause no harm to the tree trunk that it was attached to.
The idea for the Eco friendly product came to them while spending some time in the Azores, in Portugal. They were located in a place that was close to the seashore, but unfortunately, the house was surrounded by a high stone wall. The wall blocked the view, and prevented them from seeing the sun set into the ocean. The only way they could witness the magnificent sight, was to climb the tree that was close to the wall, and gaze across the tall stone wall. Like any good product, the need for their invention, came from their need for a solution. In their case, the need to climb the tree in the garden.
The easy to assemble spiral staircase is comprises of a cast aluminum tripod frame, lightweight tread, handrail, and a ratchet strap that quickly fastens the birch plywood step into place. Having a rail makes the journey up much safer, and adds balance to the climber. The step design draws on the techniques of aeronautical engineering, giving it a real stylish and modern look.
I can easily see how these kind of spiral staircase can be used as a classy way to climb onto a tree house in someones garden, if the tree trunk is wide enough. Even for adults, climbing up the stairs can flood a real rush of childhood memories. As you step up, you might feel yourself stepping back in time, and becoming a child again.
The original product was covered in several places, including boredpanda.com, where some of them images were borrowed from.