Trippy Stairs by Atmos Studios
This bespoke staircase design sits somewhere between art deco and psychedelia. The fluid build offers no clear boundary between staircase, wall, and floor, and its sinuous wooden tendrils extend into the interior space. A small bathroom makes excellent use of the area under the stairs, benefiting from a ceiling that reflects the steps’ unusual shapes.
Spiral Staircase by Patrick Joiun
Inspired by natural forms, this spiral staircase by Patrick Joiun is especially unusual as it lacks a central column. Instead, support is created by a metal pole that also takes on a spiral shape. Even though the steps are made from a warmly-coloured hardwood with a good deal of presence, the open nature of this staircase’s design helps to retain the light nature of the glass-walled space it inhabits.
AB Rogers Rainbow House Spiral Staircase
AB Rogers Studios designed the Rainbow House as a piece of experiential art. Based in London, the space creates an immediate escape from the speed and noise of the city. Alongside this inspiring staircase, the Rainbow House contains trapdoors, tube slides, and oversized sofas. There’s even a circular bed that rotates so that you can look out of any window from your reclining position.
Bookcase Staircase by Manuel Maia Gomes
Though this photo shows the staircase in its fresh, empty state, this structure is built to house over 6000 books. Made of transparent Plexiglas, the shelves are backlit, creating a magical effect when light peeps through the spaces between the books. The staircase proper has an exceptionally sparse design, meaning that the books themselves will create much of the visual interest once the staircase has been furnished.
Staircase Slide by Alex Michaelis
Architect Alex Michaelis installed a slide next to his staircase – at his kids’ request. However, he’s admitted to using the slide himself, as have adult guests. His children’s friends have been remarkably keen to come and visit since the staircase was installed. Though the overall design of the staircase, and indeed the house, is stark and minimal, the slide creates an extremely fun experience, showing that temples to minimalism need not be soulless or child-unfriendly, no matter what Unhappy Hipsters may have to say about it.
Written by Penny Tristram