Moving On Up: 9 Beautiful Staircases by 9 of the World's Best Architects

Moving On Up: 9 Beautiful Staircases by 9 of the World's Best Architects

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Nancy Mitchell
Jun 2, 2017
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There's something about a staircase that has a way of capturing the imagination. They also happen to be a real opportunity in a home or building for an architect to have a little fun. Sure, they're a means for moving floor to floor, but they can be so, so much more. The talented designers and architects of the staircases that follow—though we recommend having a little fun and stretching your design noggin by taking our which is which quiz first!—have made going from one floor to another a truly transcendent experience.

Above: Perhaps one of the most famous staircases from one of America's most famous homes: The stairs at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, leading down to the river. Image from Arch Daily.

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Walker Court in the Art Gallery of Ontario, designed by Frank Gehry. This serpentine staircase is truly a work of art.

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A Shanghai showroom by Zaha Hadid, spotted on Behance. The late, amazingly great starchitect was known for her gravity-bending ideas, and this marvel is a feast for the eyes, reminding us of a modern day version of Escher's Penrose stairs—it's hard to see where these steps start and end.

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A staircase at Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló in Barcelona, spotted on Arch Daily. The curving bannister is reminiscent of a spine, which is perhaps the perfect metaphor for what a staircase is in a home.

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Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, spotted on Divisare.

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A monolithic staircase in a Sri Lanka home by Tadao Ando, spotted on Dezeen.

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Carlo Scarpa, famous for his beautiful work in concrete, designed this staircase at a Venice showroom. Spotted on Arch Daily.

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A staircase at Alvar Aalto's Villa Mairea, spotted on Voussoirs.

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A staircase at the Case Study House #8, designed by Charles and Ray Eames. From Life Magazine via Birch and Bird.

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