50 Varik Street, TriBeCa, New York: the style and design of Interbau in the middle of the world.
The Spring Studios are based at 50 Varick Street, in the quarter of Tribeca, a most glamour place where many businessmen, artists and art operators use to go for work or leisure: 150,000m² of photographic and cinematographic studios, post production offices, art galleries, spaces for cultural events, cafes and restaurants.
Interbau produced and installed a unique stair for Spring Studios. An ambitious, imposing structure consisting of a 4,000kg three-flight steel staircase connecting the high floors and the terrace.
A work one can certainly be proud of: an Interbau stair in the coolest quarter of the Big Apple, in a kind of exhibition where everyone can see it, in a place where thousands of people meet for business, cultural and artistic purposes.
The building was renovated by the Italian architect Aldo Andreoli, of the AA Studio of Brooklyn, an Interbau dealer in the U.S.: his stair looks industrial, minimalist and sober, giving prominence to the vast surrounding space and to the huge windows with a view on the city.
Interbau produced and installed a three-flight non-varnished iron stair with purposely visible weldings.
The firm followed the designing with great attention from the very beginning. The first meetings with the designer took place during the demolition of the old attics, where the stairs connecting the four last floors (8th – 11th) had to be built.
Like all complex staircases, the structure was installed on the spot: 3D design provided a realistic preview of the final result. The side boards and the other metal structures were produced at Interbau’s Italian establishment of Ora, near Bolzano, and then they were sent to New York.
The setup was difficult and complex, from the lifting of heavy components up to the terrace with a huge crane to the welding of the stairway to the floors.
50 Varik is now part of a permanent exhibition, where thousands of people can see it, at the center of the world.