A Step Above The Rest: 15 Spectacular Modern Staircases

Spiral Staircase to Glass Bridge Across Pool

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The base of this spiraling staircase in the atrium of a Singapore home by HYLA Architects segues into a glass bridge traveling over a shimmering indoor pool. The staircase leads to a guest room and gym on the upper floor.

Cubist Staircase in Sicily

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Another imaginative staircase by Francesco Librizzi divides the steep vertical ascent into sections so people moving from one floor to the next have time to pause. Some sections are contained within boxes, while others are open to the black metal frame.

Wood Wave Staircase

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Mexican architecture studio Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop used continuous, organically shaped wooden treads to create a staircase that’s also a sculptural element. The open treads and curving design allows light to stream into the apartment from the double-height window in the stairwell.

Dynamic Timber Staircase

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Thousands of lengths of reclaimed timber create a dynamic installation in the staircase of Canberra’s Hotel Hotel in Australia. March Studio gave the space a sense of movement by suspending the timber from metal rods at random heights, and using stacks of it to support the stair treads.

Coiling Wooden Staircase in Strasbourg

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Strips of wood coil around a sweeping staircase at the restaurant of a Strasbourg, France hotel by Jouin Manku. The sculptural stairs bring a modern element to the historic 18th-century space, which formally functioned as the royal stud.