Möbius Strip Staircase Creates A Never-Ending Lookout Point [Pics]

This looping sculpture is a piece of art unto itself and also complements the natural landscape.

Dutch firm Next Architects constructed a hilltop staircase that gives the illusion of an endless walkway. This massive steel structure provides a viewpoint overlooking Rotterdam’s city skyline, and is an attractive element that contrasts the surrounding grassy peak.

The idea was to construct a large-scale structure that brought the Möbius strip to life. As the surface of the pathway tucks under its underside, the design loop is only an enigma from afar. Though it may appear to create a continuous pathway, but in fact visitors must get off climb off to keep walking around.

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“Based on the principal of the Möbius strip, the continuous route of the stair is a delusion – upside becomes underside becomes upside,” explained the architects. “The suggestion of a continuous route is therefore, in the end, an impossibility.”

The orange-toned structure is part The Elastic Perspective, a local art initiative that reflects on the characteristics of the inhabitants of the Rotterdam.

NEXT Architects

Source, images: Dezeen 

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