Stairways design study

Trail building concept design and research in ink and watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt – See all the illustrations here

See all trail design drawings here

Research of stairs along trails

Text and concept sketch by Frits Ahlefeldt.

When trails starts to rise or fall, at a certain angle stairs are one way of making the trails continue when the terrain gets steeper. ( meandering is another) Stairs can be made in many ways, when-ever possible it is considered best to use local materials and traditions. It creates better odds for easy maintenance and a style that fits the local place.

Here are a few examples of stairway design along hiking trails

Illustration is part of my research into ways to design, build and maintain hiking trails around the world.

Examples of tree trunk steps and stairs. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.
Different stair types along hiking trails. Sketch by Frits Ahlefeldt

Keywords: trails, stairways, less is more, design, architecture, hiking, innovation, sketch, pencil, drawing, concept

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