OFF-STEPS, inspired by the new connections from the city to the beach, amplifies the experience of the recently completed stair by responding to its shape, structure, steep terrain and native landscape. Playing off the experience of traversing the pathway, OFF-STEPS turns the stair into a space of discovery, taking on different characteristics from different pedestrian perspectives as it reflects its surrounding natural landscape.
Located at the Agate Street access, OFF-STEPS is derived from the existing proportions of the stair, each stair is rotated 90 degrees into a vertical stainless steel ‘fin’. By angling each fin for specific lines of vision, new site relationships are produced. When the fins run parallel to the user, a distorted reflection of Laguna Beach is produced on the surface of the vertical fins, but when they are perpendicular to the stair edge they produce the a vanish-and-reveal effect with perspective.
Constructed from resilient, 304 grade stainless steel, precise facets are folded into the mirrored sheets to calibrate views of the sky, beach and horizon. OFF-STEPS vanishes and reappears with perspective, offering a new way to see the natural and distinctive environment Laguna Beach offers.