This composite piece is a tactile model of Staircase House in Stockport. It recreates 500 years of historical development of this local heritage landmark, from its origins as a medieval house to the present day.
The building detail is created using raised detail marquetry, the art of inlaying wood veneer into a frame to create tonal images. The traditional inlay technique has been reversed for this project by raising the profile of the veneer to give the piece a beautiful, textured surface detail.
The model sections showing the additions and changes to the house are positioned chronologically clockwise from the left on the oak base plinth. The house is assembled In the centre of the oak base by removing numbered sections of oak meadow and replacing them with the relevant building piece. A ‘how to use’ booklet in large print and Braille accompanies the installation to assist the assembly and to give some detail of the periods of change.