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AFAS Magazine has written the following article about EeStairs and the stairs in the AFAS Experience center. Text by Sanne Bender
EeStairs is the world market leader in the production of stairs in the high segment. Among its customers are internationally renowned (interior) architects, project developers, contractors and private customers. For the AFAS Experience Center, the Barneveld company delivered and installed a number of heights of stairs and countless meters of glass balustrade.
EeStairs is a supplier of luxury unique staircases made of wood, metal, glass and/or stone for both the private and business market. Celebrities like Murdoch and Stella McCartney identify as customers of EeStairs. They are located in Belgium, France, England, North America. They are worldwide. It has its own technical draftsmen and materials specialists who work closely with architects to paint structural and aesthetic details. EeStairs manages the entire production and installation process so that its stairs meet the highest quality and safety standards.
Rebecca van de Beek, EeStairs: “The stairs we make are often an eye-catcher in a building. This is also important for retail: for example, we made a staircase for Victoria's Secret that really entices customers in the store to go upstairs. We also make inviting stairs for shopping centers, for example, so that visitors are really encouraged to take them to the next floor.” EeStairs is often called in by contractors and architects when it comes to technically difficult or very large stairs. Rebecca: “The more complicated and complex an assignment, the more it is an EeStairs project.”
“The unique thing about AFAS are the many curved stairs and balustrades”
EeStairs was able to produce several stairs for the AFAS Experience Center over the course of two years. Project leader Johan Floor: "The unique thing about the stairs at AFAS is that there are almost no straight lines. We used a lot of curved glass for the stairs and voids. We have fitted a number of existing concrete stairs with glass balustrades. This is not an easy job and requires a lot of precision. We also think it is important that you do not see any seams, bolts and nuts, so everything is neatly concealed.
A striking feature of this AFAS project are the white steel spiral staircases in the glass dome building of the theater. The stairs with glass balustrades are fitted with EeStairs' product EeSoffit on the underside, a seamless finish on the underside of the stairs. The stylish cylindrical spiral staircase, as it were in the shape of a serpentine, is a feast for the eyes: an aesthetically beautiful addition to the room. In the entrance of the head office you will be surprised by the six white concrete stairs with glass balustrades that start on the first floor and work their way up from there. When it comes to choice of materials, the combination of steel and glass is common. This is also the case at AFAS, where brass has also been used for the handrail, which looks great with the red upholstery. Johan: "Brass is not an easy material to process, but we even finished that seamlessly." Rebecca concludes: “By eliminating fasteners, the visitor is not distracted and attention is paid to the simplicity and splendor of the shapes and to the building where they are placed.”