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Stairway Landings
Horizontal spaces or or platforms at the ends of stairs. Or breaks between flights of stairs, Used for convenience, to turn corners and to halt someone who is falling.
Dog Leg Stair
A half space landing that is just wider than the combined width of the two flights that meet it.

a steel stair with landings
An external steel constructed stair with timber treads, using half space or half turn landings.

Dog Leg Stair. A compact form of half turn stair landing where the landing is the width of the two flights of stairs, plus a small amount, say 150mm to make sure that the where the handrails and structures pass there is clearance for the hand grip.

Note! External stairs like the one above have the bottom landing structure at a height that is easy to walk into. Hence the pipe handrail to stop the public from accidentally walking into it.

a stair with quarter turn landings
A sketch of a stair with two quarter turn landings

In the sketch above I show a couple of slightly different quarter turn landings, but also note my remark that it is always best practise in any one stairway to keep the landings the same size.

a stair with an intermediate landing.
A fine hardwood staircase with and intermediate landing.

Note the modern practise in public buildings of highlighting the first and last treads of a flight. In this case with non-slip nosings.

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