The World's Most Beautiful (and Terrifying) Stairs

The World's Most Beautiful (and Terrifying) Stairs

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 27, 2015
(Image credit: Francesco Librizzi)

Let's talk about stairs. Besides providing a convenient way to move vertically through one's house, they can also provide a really lovely, sculptural element to a design. Sometimes designers take liberties with stairs in ways that make them especially beautiful — and especially terrifying. This post is a celebration of those scary stairs. Take a gander at these 12 envelope-pushing designs, and don't forget to watch your step.

Above: This lovely (and somewhat precarious) staircase creation is by Italian architect Francesco Librizzi.

(Image credit: Francesco Librizzi)

Also by Francesco Librizzi is this half staircase/half ladder — easy on the eyes, maybe a little hard on the feet.

(Image credit: Architectural Digest)

This staircase, from a Roman apartment spotted on Architectural Digest, is beautiful and sculptural and requires you to have really, really good balance.

(Image credit: Archiproducts)

A beautiful but terrifying design spotted on Archiproducts.

(Image credit: Contemporist)

A suspended steel staircase spotted on Contemporist.

(Image credit: Mieke Meijer)

Designer Mieke Meijer created this suspended staircase/art installation, which incorporates a desk, storage, and a side table. It does not, however, include a handrail.

(Image credit: Haptic Architects)

This staircase, instead of breaking up the space, lets light flow through it. Its suspended nature and thin steel supports make it almost translucent. Still a bit scary, but at least there's something to hold on to. From Haptic Architects.

(Image credit: TAF Arkitektkontor)
(Image credit: TAF Architects)

The folks at TAF Architects developed this staircase as a solution for a very tight space. It works, and it's lovely, but you might want to be careful on the way down.

(Image credit: Yellowtrace)

This staircase, spotted on Yellowtrace, is really quite safe compared to some of the others. But it's still a code inspector's worst nightmare.

(Image credit: Our Local Commons)

Not really a staircase so much as a ladder, but definitely scary. Spotted on Our Local Commons.

(Image credit: Emmas Designblogg)

A lovely ribbon of a staircase from Emmas Designblogg.

(Image credit: Arch Daily)

This design from Arch Daily really breaks a staircase down to its essence. The essence of a staircase, apparently, is terror.

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