La Maison sans Escaliers (The Stairless House)
Built in 1939, this housing unit does not possess a lift or stairs, but a slightly sloping helicoidal gradient. This stairless house has a twin building on the adjacent street number: both consist of 36 apartments over six floors.
The stairless house ! The house of tomorrow. Why ?
Stairs are a barbaric way of climbing floors. Stair steps force the same pace on all: on children and elders alike, on the ill and on the healthy.
With our tilted rising arcade, everyone walks a step which pleases them, long or short, fast or slow, just as one would walk on a sidewalk. […]
— Auguste Bossu, Architect
Saint-Étienne, France - August 2014