Lorenzo Nassimbi staircase. Photo: Dharmaratna Saraswati

Lorenzo Nassimbeni’s bright, geometric Alice Lane staircase plays off the rectilinear lines of Sandton Central’s office blocks. Both public art and architecture, it scoops the pedestrian up, from street to piazza. 

1.The tiled graphic pattern

is laid on the risers of the staircase, and from across the road, it appears as a flat, two-dimensional image. Rather than an object imposed on the space, it is the space itself, changing as the view changes.

2. The carefully considered artwork

starts to loosen and seems to tilt as the steps curve away. From above, the view of the risers is interrupted by the treads and the pattern is fragmented; it is no longer a two-dimensional image.

3. The pattern of arrow-like shapes

speaks to the form of the buildings and acts as a directional device, encouraging movement up and down. The geometric shapes recall Ndebele patterns.

4. The palette of primary colours

on a bed of white tiles brings vibrancy to an environment of largely grey tones. More than a staircase, it is a work of art.

Lorenzo Nassimbi staircase. Photo: Dharmaratna Saraswati