On the sandy shores of Fauntleroy Cove in Seattle, renowned firm Olson Kundig Architects crafted this subtle home with striking steel accents. Steel allowed Kunding to be playful with the staircase’s form.
Architect Ko Wibowo designed a house of prodigious proportions beneath the hulking rise of Mount Ranier. The stairwell is the bright core of the house. To keep an open feeling, and costs down, it zigzags its way up. Inexpensive metal railings are set inside and painted the same red to disappear into the stairwell.
An American architect in Paris experimenteds with Corbusian perceptions of interior and exterior space in this renovation. A laser-cut-steel staircase connects the dwelling's two floors.
With its architectural history reaching back to the ancient Greeks, Syracuse, on the island of Sicily, has plenty of old bones. In 2001, while still students, native sons Francesco (now an architect) and Alberto (a photographer) bought a crumbling building that dates from the 18th century. Seven years—three of them spent on construction—and one UNESCO permitting process later, the Moncada brothers moved in: Francesco on the top two floors and Alberto on the first. Now the two globetrotting brothers, as well as Francesco’s girlfriend, architect Mafalda Rangel, use the place whenever they’re in Sicily. The modern interior, replete with furniture of Francesco’s design as well as a few Italian classics bought on eBay, serves as the perfect counterpoint to the weight of the town’s considerable history.
Francesco and Mafalda pose on the custom steel staircase between the living room and bedroom of their upstairs unit.
Jacek Kolasiński took on this massive renovation of a farmhouse in his dream neighborhood. The designer took his inspiration for the minimal staircase from traditional Polish “duck stairs.” Since they’re narrow, they’re ideal for smaller spaces. The couch was purchased from BoConcept.
In a 495-square-foot attic in the Söder neighborhood of Stockholm, interior designer Jimmy Schonning—a local celebrity for his role in the Swedish TV shows "Finally at Home" and "Styling Emergency"—has carved out a sweet and stylish home. His diminutive studio is chockablock with creative storage solutions (built-in closets; a washer and drier hidden under a workbench in the bathroom) and loads of personality. These concrete stairs lead up to the sleeping loft.
Modernism's crisp lines and ornament-free surfaces bear little resemblance to Gothic architecture's gingerbread house–like flourishes. But in the North Carolina residence belonging to a musician and his son, Medieval structures informed the contemporary design. Michael Rank approached Raleigh-based firm Tonic to create a house that emphasized his love of tall, vertical spaces and staircases. A professional musician, Rank also requested space for a recording studio. Privacy was paramount as was room for his collection of art and muscle cars. Tonic took all the requirements and delivered a thoughtfully planned two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house at about $200 per square foot.
Natural light floods the interior and a network of metal stairs—reminiscent of an MC Escher drawing—is suspended overhead. The interior palette is white, black, and gray—the owners favorite colors.