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December 8, 2015
Striking in form and material, these distinctive walkways double as a sculptural statements for the structures in which they stand.
The unusual configuration produces new relationships between a terrace and a room, and indoor vs. outdoor space.

In a house for four located in the suburbs of Hiroshima, Japan, a central staircase stands like a thick tree trunk at the heart of the residence. Three bedrooms clad with coniferous plywood are suspended from this core, each at a different height and turned at different angles. 

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Originally appeared in House in Fukawa
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Casa G By Francesco Librizzi in Sicily

Architect Francesco Librizzi built this staircase for the Casa G project as a means to slow the ascent, to create stations that infused the interior with life. Recalling the rectilinear compositions of Piet Mondrian, the oak-and-steel structure is as much a sculpture as it is a means of going between floors.

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Alberto Moncada
Originally appeared in A Mind-Blowing, Mondrian-Esque Staircase
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Industrially-styled stairway of shipping container home in Pennsylvania off the Delaware River

Resident Martha Moseley notes the staircase as one of her favorite features of her Pennsylvania home, made of eleven shipping containers. “When the steel was ordered from the steelyard,” she says, “it was marked with our metalworker’s name, for easy pickup. That scribble still exists in random places in the staircase and is very industrial—we love it!” Hand-welded by Mike Carman, a local contractor, the staircase runs through all three floors, and it was custom-sized to fit the dimensions of the shipping containers, measuring nine-feet-six-inches tall and eight-feet wide.  

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Originally appeared in A Shipping Container Home in Pennsylvania Embraces Its Rugged Industrial Origins
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Gransden renovation stairwell

At this London renovation by Scenario Architecture, the central staircase is a key element of the scheme. With the bedrooms and bathroom located on the entrance level, it was crucial to create an intuitive and inviting flow up toward the more social areas. On the upper floor, the central staircase divides and defines an otherwise open plan.

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Originally appeared in A Clever Sunken Roof Fills a London Terrace House with Light
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San Francisco floating house stairs

Anchored in a small canal, this floating house on the San Francisco waterfront was fabricated by Stocklin Iron Works and designed by Nebolon. Inside, the orange staircase features steel railings and treads were made from IKEA wood butcher blocks. “We designed the open staircase to make the trip to the second floor fun,” the architect says. 

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Originally appeared in Like a Loft on Water
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House of Books automatic skylight

Beneath the facade of this Victorian townhouse renovation in London hides a sophisticated modernist plan and a towering library structure with 330 linear feet of books. Reaching for the skylight, the five-story staircase is met at the top by the custom bookcase. 

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The expansive open-air living room on the first floor is framed with a curving wall of windows. The glass wall works as an outdoor atrium looking out on an exposed 
sod-covered staircase and allows the room to be bathed in natural light.

The rural getaway that architect Robert Konieczny designed for Jacek Perkowski in southwest Poland features a grass-covered roof and staircase, which add up to save 25 percent a year on climate-energy costs. 

Originally appeared in Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
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Orinda addition facade and spiral staircase

Leading from ground-floor up, this custom, metal spiral staircase leads to the ultimate rooftop hangout at this Northern California residence. It was built as part of a new addition, which according to architect John Klopf, acts as a spatial backdrop for the existing structure, “receding visually out of respect for the original home.”  

Originally appeared in This Modern Addition in Northern California Has the Ultimate Rooftop Hangout
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The unusual configuration produces new relationships between a terrace and a room, and indoor vs. outdoor space.

In a house for four located in the suburbs of Hiroshima, Japan, a central staircase stands like a thick tree trunk at the heart of the residence. Three bedrooms clad with coniferous plywood are suspended from this core, each at a different height and turned at different angles. 

Photo by Toshiyuki Yano.

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