Sometimes when we leaf through the glossies and come upon graceful staircases that seem to float in the air, we become a little jealous about our apartments' lack of vertical. But upon closer inspection, it's hard to deny, those things are dangerous!Staircases can often be bulky, utilitarian areas in a home that don't receive much design love. When architects and engineers get creative with their plans, the stairs can become an interesting portal from one level to the next, allowing light, air, and sound to flow freely in between the steps. We don't advocate building any of these staircases in homes with young children, but they sure are pretty to look at!
Images: 1. The Secret of the Floating Staircase; 2. Red Kitchen with Integrated Countertop Staircase; 3. Floating Staircases; 4. Tolo House: The House of Staircases; 5. Ribbon Stairs by HSH Architects; 6. What Kind of Stair Person Are You?; 7. Small Cool 2010: Stefan's Split Level; 8. Even More Staircase Storage; 9. Floating Stairs; 10. Close-Up: How Should Robert and Wowa Finish This Scary Staircase?.