The World's Most Dramatic Stairs

The World's Most Dramatic Stairs

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 13, 2015
(Image credit: Francesco Librizzi)

There's something inherently dramatic, I think, about stairs. We see them every day, and they're necessary for, you know, going up and down, but if you take a staircase and isolate it it becomes this really beautiful, sculptural thing. Lots of architects have taken this idea and played with it, producing elegant (and occasionally terrifying) results. (Although of course those things aren't mutually exclusive.) Feast your eyes on these 17 examples.

(Image credit: Francesco Librizzi)

Up top and above: This metal and wood staircase by Francesco Librizzi (who also designed this scary stunner) is like a functional sculpture. Best for those who aren't particularly prone to vertigo.

(Image credit: Yellowtrace)

This staircase is a bit more solid, but no less eye-catching. In a Paris store by March Architects, spotted on Yellowtrace.

(Image credit: Sing Core)

The exciting thing about this staircase is the dramatic glass surround. From Sing Core.

(Image credit: Homelife AU)

In a room with eye-popping wallpaper and marble, this staircase is almost (but not quite) a wallflower. From Homelife AU.

(Image credit: Emmas Designblogg)

This design (from Emmas Designblogg) really breaks a staircase down to its essence. The result is this elegantly simple black ribbon, which seems to flow from one floor to the next.

(Image credit: World Interiors News)
(Image credit: World Interiors News)

A spiral staircase goes glam in a space from World Interiors News.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

Color makes this simple stair from Desire to Inspire.

(Image credit: The D Pages)

A sinuous black and gold stunner from The D Pages.

(Image credit: Divisare)

A gorgeous gold stair from Divisare.

(Image credit: Archiproducts)

An open staircase from Archiproducts is not for the faint of heart.

(Image credit: AD Magazine)

A spiral stair from AD Magazine with a beautiful, industrial feel.

(Image credit: AD España)

The simple metal ribbon of this stair gets an added boost of elegance from a gold handrail. Spotted on AD España.

(Image credit: Diapo)
(Image credit: Diapo)

When the designers at Diapo needed to built a staircase for their office, of course it couldn't be ordinary.

(Image credit: Dezeen)

This staircase from Dezeen is beautiful but looks like it might require some pretty intense concentration.

(Image credit: Haptic Architects)
(Image credit: Haptic Architects)
(Image credit: Haptic Architects)

A dramatic suspended stair by Haptic Architects,

(Image credit: Frederic Kielemoes)

Ok, most of these stairs wouldn't bother me too much, but I have to admit: this one would give me the willies. It's beautiful, though. From Frederic Kielemoes.

(Image credit: The D Pages)

And finally, an elegantly minimal spiral stair from The D Pages.

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