Nothing makes a statement in the home quite like a staircase. The following ten stairways take design to the next level.
1. Firms Join Forces to Give Organic Form to a Family Villa in Melbourne
All four bedrooms are upstairs, while the main living areasâ€”which include a formal living room, formal and casual dining areas, a large kitchen, and a sunken family roomâ€”occupy the ground floor. Within that general division, the design unfolds as a series of zones, pivoting around a sinuous staircase that curves upward in two sections.
2. Sabo Project Renovates a Paris Duplex Apartment Perfect for a Family and a Feline
Connecting the two floors of the duplex is a redesigned spiral staircase that Delaunay enclosed with slats of the plywood, spaced near enough together so no human or animal can slip through. A hinged gate at the top blocks the cat from the bedrooms while giving him run of the open-plan kitchen, dining, and living areas.
3. Espoo Residence by R2K Architectes
A radio chat in which Finnish filmmaker Aki KaurismĂ¤ki posited that storytelling originated with humans gathering around the fire to eat, drink, and share tales inspired architect Olavi Koponenâ€™s spiraling house, which winds around a central concrete fireplaceâ€”the heart and hearth of the home. Aspen shingles clad the interior, larch the exterior; and the whole is dubbed Kotilo, which translates to â€śconch shell.â€ť
4. +Arquitectos and Gubbins Polidura Arquitectos Create Weekend Retreat in Chile
Under an oculus at the center of a light-filled pavilion, a graceful spiral stair leads down to enclosed private spaces below. Compared to the public floor, whose modish curves and sunken pits are a cheerful, witty throwback to 1960s futurism, the lower level is almost monastic.
5. Massimo Giorgettiâ€™s Seaside House in Italy Gets a Yachtlike Renovation by Storagemilano
At the â€śsternâ€ť of the kitchen, a teak-clad half wall conceals a narrow companionway bifurcated by a tiny landing: The steps on the left lead up to a balcony just big enough to fit a sofa and flat-screen TV; those on the right lead down to a bathroom and the master suite. The treads of the staircase are trapezoid in shape, creating a beguiling zigzag effect thatâ€™s heightened with LED underlighting.