New CFAC Week 64: The next level

February 2, 2016

NewCFAC_Week64 Buzz has been building over the new Centre for Arts and Culture, and lately much of that attention has been on the staircases in the building’s atrium. The staircases are presently under construction, but are already shaping up to be one of the building’s most striking features.

The stairs zigzag across the atrium, seemingly suspended in mid-air. At the top of each flight is a “nest” area—a nook featuring bleacher-style seating that can be used for group gatherings, teaching and performing.

Aside from the functional purpose of helping students get from one floor to the next, the staircases add an element of style to the building’s central hub, infusing it with a sense of whimsy and, some would say, magic. In fact, according to the Transforming Edmonton blog, they bear a charming resemblance to the famous moving staircases found in Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Whether or not you believe in magic, the CFAC staircases will be a spellbinding sight, taking the building’s design to the next level.

Fast Facts:

  • Average manpower for the week was 233 workers
  • 14,134 m3 of concrete has been poured to date.

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