STONE RAIL TENSION

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A great example of invention in stone, the carved handrail of the Coach Museum main stair is simply juxtaposed to the architecture of the room. Panels above and below try to articulate it with the otherwise blank wall separating both flights of stairs. However, when it reaches the landing, it has to recede just enough to allow the bullnose profile of the baluster above to pass through, creating a moment of tension petrified forever.

Museu Nacional dos Coches, Lisboa

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