Stair masters: the Wallpaper* pick of astounding staircases
3DS Culinary laboratory
The centrepiece of the new creative 3DS Culinary laboratory in Hollywood is a winding staircase designed by Oyer Wu Collaborative. No two pieces of the complex guardrail – made of white linear steel and CNC milled finished plywood panels – are the same.
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Repossi at Place Vendôme
A true retail revelation, the Parisian jewellery maison Repossi’s Place Vendôme store was designed by OMA, Rem Koolhaas and Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli. Spread across three floors, a towering staircase, itself an extension of the salt and pepper terrazzo floors that feature throughout, cut a fine figure against the industrial metal wall coverings.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Blending into its natural surroundings in a traditionally designed Buenos Aires house, the concrete staircase snaking up the side of the house, visible through the glass banister, subtly compliments the terraced wooden steps below it, dotted with vibrant plants and flowers.
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Strung up inside a lattice of rusted steel is a winding staircase designed by Christina Luk. Exposed lightbulbs sitting within a mesh ball – representing draped noodles – lead diners up the precarious staircase to a spacious area in the upstairs restaurant.
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University of Essex
A sculptural steel and oak staircase elegantly cantilevers through a three storey atrium, landing by the centre’s new visitor reception. The staircase is part of a project completed in 2016, lead by London-based architects Patel Taylor, bringing two new modernised buildings to the campus.
Photography: Tim Soar
Newport Street Gallery
Appearing to be carved into the walls, the staircases in South London’s Newport Street Gallery provide not only a means of moving between the levels in the building, but also an architectural marvel that is a sculpture in itself. Made of white engineering brick and a smooth timber handrail on one side, and cast concrete on the other, the staircases make the gallery feel expansive and public.
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The Temple House
The futuristic staircase in the lobby of the ultra-luxe Temple House hotel was a daring feat of architecture by London-based Make Architects. The staircase provides a medium between light and dark, by reflecting the glowing white lights of the impressive ceiling onto the jet-black grand staircase.
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The James Royal Palm
Miami Beach, USA
Making a splash in the Miami Beach art deco scene, this solid, unveven wooden staircase compliments the sporadic brightly coloured furniture found in the light filled suites of The James Royal Palm hotel.
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Blocks of polished wood suspended from the wall makes up the daring staircase in the Grigio House in Tokyo, designed by Apollo Architects & Associates. Complimented by the ’floating’ staircase, the house is mainly comprised of concrete and has a streamlined, spacious feel.
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House in Ontinyent
Designed by Borja García, this minimalist Spanish house has a sculptural concrete staircase, adding complexity to the otherwise simplistic architecture throughout the property. The dynamic staircase features concrete steps appearing to perch precariously on top of each other. The banister is a simple cutout in the wall, a contrast to the daring design of the stairs.
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Greja House in Singapore, designed by architects Park + Associates, is for the most part minimal, with organisation at the height of the design concept. The centrepiece of the house is a solid wood winding staircase with whitewashed banisters, a whirlwind of dynamic architecture leading to the glassy pool sitting below.
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East Hampton, USA
Designed by local architects Bates Masi, the contemporary staircase found in Piersons Way, an East Hampton holiday home, adds dimension and height to the spacious kitchen in which it sits. The thick stair treads are constructed of timber, the material used throughout the house, linking it with the natural surroundings.
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