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42 Unusual Staircase Designs

From Suspended Splinter Staircases to Illuminated Floral Staircases

— August 9, 2015 — Art & Design
These unusual staircase designs turn traditional homes into works of art. While stairs are generally thought of in terms of their functionality, this basic structure can also serve as a unique focal point. These contemporary staircase designs demonstrate that this ordinary household feature can be both functional and decorative.

One of the major innovations in staircase designs is the shift away from traditional shapes. Architects have begun moving away from conventional staircase layouts in order to experiment with unique shapes and structures. Some of these unusual staircase designs include floating steps, angular pathways and staggering spiral shapes.

Beyond shapes, many contemporary staircase designs are made from unique and unorthodox building materials. By using unconventional materials, architects can turn a standard set of stairs into a visual focal point. Some of these unorthodox materials include heavy-duty concrete, splintered wood and even live plants.
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Makeshift Musical Staircases
Makeshift Musical Staircases
Artist Tim Vincent-smith Used an Old Piano for His Newest Project
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Feline-Oriented Home Makeovers
Feline-Oriented Home Makeovers
This Home by Peter Cohen is the Ultimate Playground for Cats
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Winding Staircase Abodes
Winding Staircase Abodes
The 'Case House' in Sapporo is a Open-Concept Cozy Space
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Angular Snakelike Staircases
Angular Snakelike Staircases
The Orange Staircase Connects Six Floors with Its Snake-Like Body
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Colorful Parking Garages
Colorful Parking Garages
City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 Livens up the Area
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Grid-Challenging Abodes
Grid-Challenging Abodes
The S-House by SDeG Aims to be Different from its Surroundings
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Fluid Spiral Staircases
Fluid Spiral Staircases
The Risa Staircase Fans Out into a Visual Spectacle
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Luminous Marble Staircases
Luminous Marble Staircases
This Line of Marble Stairs by Luxo Subtly Illuminates Interiors
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Stairwell-Focused Abodes
Stairwell-Focused Abodes
The House in Kamiosaki is Compact Yet Elegant
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Sweeping Sculptural Staircases
Sweeping Sculptural Staircases
This Loft by Amore Architects Offers a Dramatic Undulating Stairway
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Ascending Attic Staircases
Ascending Attic Staircases
This Renovated Attic is Accessed by a Steel Staircase
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Suspended Splinter Staircases
Suspended Splinter Staircases
Nishi's Environmentally Sustainable Design Uses Thousands of Boards
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Trippy Transparent Homes
Trippy Transparent Homes
The S-House in Tokyo Has Random Staircases and a Transparent Facade
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Organic Studio Residences
Organic Studio Residences
This Home in Prague was Transformed into a Studio
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Multipurpose Parking Garages
Multipurpose Parking Garages
The Park 'N' Play Project Features Greenery and a Rooftop Playground
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Staircase-Focused Homes
Staircase-Focused Homes
The Lincoln Park Modern Home Features an Elegant Central Stairwell
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Spiraling Living Staircases
Spiraling Living Staircases
Paul Cocksedge's Design Encourages Relaxation and Creative Thinking
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Hybrid Staircase Shelves
Hybrid Staircase Shelves
This Staircase Shelf Look Stylish While Also Combining Necessities
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Angular Maple Staircases
Angular Maple Staircases
This Montreal Home Features a Dynamic Staircase
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Super Slim Condominiums
Super Slim Condominiums
The AIR-Madalena Building Celebrates Tall and Thin Construction
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Staircase Bookshelf Storage
Staircase Bookshelf Storage
Marc Koehler Architects's Latest Project Stores Books Creatively
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Architectural Staircase Bookshelves
Architectural Staircase Bookshelves
The 'Book Tower House' Flaunts an Amazingly Unique Design
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Staircase Wine Storage
Staircase Wine Storage
Vinotemp's Modular Wine Cabinet Fits Under New and Existing Stairs
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Staircase-Inspired Residences
Staircase-Inspired Residences
The Gershwin (Plot 14) in Amsterdam Has a Stepped Silhouette
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Storage-Stuffed Stairways
Storage-Stuffed Stairways
A Wooden Cabinet Staircase Makes the Most of a Tight Living Space
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Fire Escape Shelves
Fire Escape Shelves
The Fire Escape Shelving is the Perfect Gift for New Apartment Owners
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Steel Staircase-Centered Apartments
Steel Staircase-Centered Apartments
DENOLDERVLEUGELS Recently Revamped this Amsterdam Abode
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Wooden Strip Staircases
Wooden Strip Staircases
Jouin Manku Designed a Wooden Staircase for a Strasbourg Hotel
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Customized Cat-Centric Homes
Customized Cat-Centric Homes
This Custom Home Makes the Perfect Abode for Feline Friends
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Optical Illusion Staircases
Optical Illusion Staircases
Storage Associati's Disappearing Stairs Have Optimally Placed Beams
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All-in-One Staircases
All-in-One Staircases
Object Eleve by Mieke Meijer Combines Multiple Functionalities in One
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Vibrant Statement Staircases
Vibrant Statement Staircases
This Statement Staircase Illuminates a Private Home in Peru
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Geometric Staircases
Geometric Staircases
Edit Architects Creates a Modern Minimalist Structure for a Sleek Home
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Safe Staircase Walkers
Safe Staircase Walkers
Manual Stair Lift Makes an Affordable Alternative to a Domestic Chair Lift
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Quirky Cabinet Staircases
Quirky Cabinet Staircases
This Parisian Apartment Features a Cupboard Staircase
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Space-Saving Lofts
Space-Saving Lofts
This Smart Storage Home Makes the Most of Vertical Space
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Triangle-Shaped Beach Havens
Triangle-Shaped Beach Havens
This Beach Home Design is Retro and the Perfect Place to Entertain
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Suspended Steel Staircases
Suspended Steel Staircases
Haptic Architects Create a Floating Design in This Oslo Home
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Ingenious Play Areas
Ingenious Play Areas
CplusC Architectural Workshop Creates a Futuristic Space for Children
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Harmonious Sculptural Staircases
Harmonious Sculptural Staircases
This Sculptural Wooden Staircase Pulls a Space Together
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Portable Stair Slides
Portable Stair Slides
The SlideRider Converts Any Staircase into a Playground Staple
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Space-Saving Sleepers
Space-Saving Sleepers
The Suspended Bedroom is Both Practically and Stylishly Unique
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