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"This winding, gyring, spiring treadmill of a stair is my ancestral stair."
- W.B. Yeats

The helical stair is also called the spiral stair, winding stair, circular stair, elliptical stair, oval stair, geometric stair, vis, vice, vis de Saint Gilles, St. Gilles screw, belfry stair, turret stair, caracole, turnpike, cochlea, cockle, corkscrew, and ascensorium. Helical is possibly the least poetic but also the most accurate generic title.

"All rising to great place is by a winding stair."
- Francis Bacon


Source:

Templer, John. 1992. The Staircase: History and Theories. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.


Pic: I.M. Pei’s helical for the Louvre Museum

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