The goal of Suspended Sound, Stair
is to challenge peoples’ perception of a particularly reverberant
stairwell by creating a gradient of sound absorption and visual opacity.
The top floor will be acoustically insulated relative to the first
floor of the stairwell, which will remain acoustically reflective. This
will be achieved by suspending multiple layers of semi-transparent
fabric from a metal structure which will be mounted at the top of the
void in the stairwell. As one climbs up the staircase, the accumulated
layers of fabric grow increasingly opaque. During the day, light will
stream into the space from the skylight at the top of the stairwell
enabling the fabric to act as a filter.