Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Pop-up Stairs

In Helsinki even the biggest construction companies are in for some surprising urban interventions; for example moving the stairs for pedestrians from one side of a bridge to the other. The temporary stairs are non-invasive, since they don't destroy the existing infrastructure. In order to get off (or onto) the bridge you have to climb over the railing. This little climb lifts you over the level of the cars. It might give you a (very) small shiver, when step over the edge on the scaffolding. And also I could not avoid spending a thought on, why people otherwise climb purposefully over a bridge's railing. The stairs also challenge your navigation skills and your daily routines (if you are used to the stairs across, four traffic-lines away).