Cakewalk — By Diane M. Byrne — May 2001
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MCA also requires fire
doors in stairways and staircases to have steel bases. The idea is that
when all of the fire doors are in place, staircases essentially become
enclosed metal boxes, preventing fire from funneling elsewhere onboard.
The trick comes in ensuring the hallways and stairways remain elegant.
Having performed the task on two previous launches, the Feadship team
camouflaged the automatically deploying fire doors onboard Cakewalk
with the same dark-stained cherry panelling covering her bulkheads. When
the doors are open, guests walk past the painted metal edges none the
wiser. And when they ascend the staircases, particularly the dramatic
one that is the centerpiece of Cakewalk’s main entry, they
have no inkling of what lies beneath the exquisitely crafted cherry-wood
steps and curving green-black metal balustrade.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.