The Dutch architectural office NEXT Architects created yet another innovative masterpiece, a geometrical form of a staircase & walkway( Corten steel) known as Carnisselande, situated in Netherlands on a rigid slope overlooking Rotterdam.

Arch2o-Elastic Perspective Staircase Walkway  NEXT architects (20)

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The walkway is supposed to be an illusion and instead you can’t actually walk around it, due to the fact that the upside-down naturally transforms to right-side up. The architects explained that “Based on the principal of the Möbius strip, the continuous route of the stair is a delusion.

Arch2o-Elastic Perspective Staircase Walkway  NEXT architects (22)

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We are intrigued by the Mobius strip, by its characteristic of having only one surface, no top nor bottom & “When used as a path, it suggests a continuity, but crossing that path is – at least physically – an impossibility.”

Arch2o-Elastic Perspective Staircase Walkway  NEXT architects (24)

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In other words in order to approach the ‘sculpture’, the guests simply walk on at any low point from the grass and walk around, but they cannot complete the absolute circle as the walkway is profoundly an illusion of a loop.

By Depy Charalampidou

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