“A truly unique spiral stair design; with its double revolution or helix and a half, this stair creates a pathway like none other to descend down to the lower ground floor.”
Location: 155 King St, Sydney
Photographer: Felix Forest
Work Completed by Active Metal
Stair design development, structural steel spiral stairs, structural steel support beams, stair balustrade structural framing, entry door, secondary glazing, external show windows
The Trust Building at 155 King St has always been an iconic Sydney landmark. Built just over 100 years and now heritage listed, The Trust Building was one of Sydney’s earliest skyscapers. Over the past century it has hosted newspapers, insurance brokers, hotels, banks, jewellers and many more. Many un-sympathetic renovations were made that did little to improve the building.
In June 2020, a leading luxury retailer invested in the site and restored it to the height of it’s former glory, with new added elements that are simply exquisite and breathtaking.
Working alongside Paris architects RDAI, Active Metal were humbled to be a part of this truly iconic project. Interpreting the designers intent for an incredible spiral staircase, Active Metal worked to translate the sculptural steel stairway from a vision to a reality, expertly crafting every element and installing it onsite, before handing it over to the finishing trades. Skilled boat builders then fashioned the unique balustrade wrapping – to quote Grazia; “The wild balustrading of the wood used in this mighty structure recalls the impressive aerial roots of the great Australian Banyan tree and celebrates the spirit of the surrounding nature, an homage to the natural environment that helps define life in Sydney”.
Completing many other architectural metalwork items throughout these outstanding premises including the front entry door and grilles, Active Metal count themselves as priveleged to be a part of such a significant heritage renovation project, and to be able to play such a decisive role in defining the next chapter of The Trust Building’s evolution.