Julian enjoyed the technical challenge of creating the glass stair, designed for visual continuity from the inside to the natural surrounding bush. He describes:
Completing the engineering was a challenge. I worked with Dale Simpson of Perrett Simpson. We used Autodesk FEA software to visualise and quantify load paths. These stairs would not have been possible without his invaluable contribution.
I learnt a great deal about the challenges of glass fabrication in producing this glass. Before beginning development, I spoke to glass fabricators and was told it ought to be practical, however once the panels were documented, Cooling Brothers proved to be one of the very few manufacturers capable of fabricating this job.
Installation was yet another challenge. A long-time collaborator, Shaweld Engineering were up for the challenge and we were able to install all the glass stringers and steel treads in less than 5 hours. It’s complex but comprises few components, it was entirely dependent on accurate CNC documentation and fabrication.