Top 10 Extraordinary Staircases

Ascending and descending from one level to another often seems like a menial task, however, various architects are working on intricate designs, creating extraordinary staircases. The creation of staircases often look to be mundane and ordinary but with the infusion of modern interior design, many architecture companies are creating everything from playful stairwells to carefully winding steps. We assembled ten of the most fascinating staircase designs for you. Enjoy.

10. WOODEN STAIRCASE

An angular wooden staircase ascends the lobby of this office renovation in the Dutch town of Hoofddorp by Amsterdam architects Studioninedots. The staircase acts as the focal point of this large atrium and was made by cladding a steel structure in plywood sheets to create a series of bridges and access points to the various floors. ‘The staircase as a tool for communication, lends the building a collective identity,’ said the architects. Whatever point of view one chooses, this complex wooden staircase offers a fascinating picture.

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9. CURVED STAIRCASE


Jun Igarashi Architects created ‘Case’, a house located in the suburbs of Sapporo. In order to take full advantage of the small 50-square-meter building space, the architects built up, integrating wooden lofts that add 30 meters of extra floor space while keeping the residence open and bright. Curved staircases connect the different elements and integrate a playful element.

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8. STEEL SLIDE


Constructed at the summit of a century-old Manhattan skyscraper, architect David Hotson created an astonishing residence, with living spaces distributed between four stories. The apartment features a 24m long mirror-polished stainless steel slide, which descends through all four levels of the residence so you can make your way through this extraordinary home.

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7. MOSES BRIDGE


Ro&Ad architects sought to build access to the largest fortress surrounded by a moat, while still preserving the site’s aesthetic integrity and dramatic view. Built with Accsys Technologies’ Accoya wood sheet piling on either side with a hardwood deck and stairs in between, the Moses Bridge is not only visually striking and highly functional, but also durable and eco friendly.

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6. ENDLESS STAIRS


Architecture firm dRMM has combined fifteen staircases to create an Escher-style installation outside Tate Modern. ‘Stairs are always the most interesting things about architecture, they’re places where people meet,’ dRMM co-founder Alex de Rijke states. The interlocking wooden staircases are configured to create a maze of walkways and a viewpoints towards the city’s skyline across the Thames.

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5. BEAUTIFUL STEPS


Lang and Baumann are a pair of Swiss artists who go by Lang/Baumann and who’ve created the series ‘Beautiful Steps’, installing stairs everywhere they don’t belong: on the outside of a castle turret in Austria, way up on the side of a brutalist tower in Switzerland, and, on several occasions, clear in the air.

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4. LADDER STAIRCASE


In this home by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, several floors are placed like bookshelf plates at the different level in the shifted box. The plate-like-floors are hooked by columns which are three-dimensionally intersected by a ladder at the middle of the box and this simple structure gives latitude for space composition.

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3. PORTABLE STAIRCASE


In House A., renovated by the architects of the Studio AUTORI, a portable staircase encourages users to concentrate their activities on the main floor and physically detach themselves from their individual apartments upstairs.

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2. BOOKCASE STAIRS


A staircase is extruded from the wooden shelves of a bookcase at this renovated house in Tuscany by Italian architects Sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati.

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1. WIREFRAME STAIRCASE


A wireframe staircase leads to a new top floor inside this renovated apartment in Milan by architect Francesco Librizzi. As the space is very small, the only possible intervention for the renovation was an almost-2D frame, able to double the space in height and create new possibilities on other layers.

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