Huge glazed gable frames sea view at Vaughn McQuarrie’s Anzac Bay House

Architect Vaughn McQuarrie has completed a house on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island that features fully glazed gable ends, and a helical staircase connecting an open-plan ground floor with mezzanines above. McQuarrie based the design of Anzac Bay House on the simple gabled form of a traditional boatshed, which is appropriate to its setting next to

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Mirrored staircase ascends through Kaleidoscope House by Paul Ruff Studio

The staircase at the centre of this Toronto house has mirrored balustrades that bounce light and reflections off one another to create a kaleidoscopic effect. Kaleidoscope House is located in Chaplin Estates, an affluent neighbourhood characterised by its detached homes that have private gardens and driveways. The focal point of the home is a reflective staircase, which Paul Raff

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Tsuruta Architects designs staircase in London house from thousands of plywood pieces

Nearly 2000 pieces of plywood slot together like a puzzle in this staircase, which features in a London home that has been overhauled by local studio Tsuruta Architects. The architects were tasked with reconfiguring the layout of a seven-bedroom 20th-century house to create an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room; two bathrooms; and four bedrooms on the upper three

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Foster + Partners opens “one of our greenest Apple spaces yet” in Singapore

Foster + Partners has built yet another tree-filled Apple Store, but this one also features hand-carved stone staircases. Singapore’s official ranking as the greenest city in Asia informed the design of Apple Orchard Road, the first Apple flagship in the city. Like Foster + Partners’ other recent Apple Stores, particularly the ones in London and Dubai, the building’s most prominent feature is

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s Cultural Center Stjørdal features a lime green spiral staircase

A+Awards: a staircase lined in bright green spirals up the middle of this Architizer A+Award-winning cultural centre in Norway, partially visible through its metal-mesh cladding. Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter collaborated with fellow Norwegian firms Lusparken Arkitekter and JSTA on the Cultural Center Stjørdal, located in the town just east of Trondheim. The centre is designed to serve as

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Atelier XÜK adds wedge-shaped roof extension to Spanish-style villa in Shanghai

Atelier XÜK has added a corrugated-metal attic room to this Spanish colonial-style house, which was designed in the 1920s by a Hungarian architect for a plot in Shanghai’s French quarter. The villa that local studio Atelier XÜK renovated and extended was originally designed by architect Ladislav Hudec. It is located in a part of the city known

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Bangkok Project Studio builds riverside wine bar with latticed plywood walls in Thailand

PVC sheets provide weather protection for the gridded plywood walls of this rural Thailand bar, designed by Bangkok Project Studio to offer visitors river views while they sup wine. Located on the banks of Chao Phraya River, Wine Ayutthaya is a tourist attraction for visitors to Ayutthaya, an ancient capital city 85 kilometres north of Bangkok. “The building was constructed to become a new tourist attraction

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Steel chain curtains cover skinny Osaka house by FujiwaraMuro Architects

Metal curtains can be drawn across the windows of this three-and-a-half-metre-wide house in Osaka by FujiwaraMuro Architects, which features a split-level layout with multiple staircases. The local architects were commissioned to design a skinny house to replace a demolished building in the commercial centre of Honshu, which is known for its modern architecture. The tightly packed site and its urban

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Cylindrical headquarters for motorcycling federation features dramatic sweeping staircase

Slender metal columns support the offset concrete roof of this cylindrical office block designed by Local Architecture for the International Motorcycling Federation on the outskirts of Geneva. Swiss studio Local Architecture was appointed to oversee the design of the new headquarters, which is located between a railway line and a main road in the canton of Vaud.

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Copenhagen’s Experimentarium features a helical staircase and cladding based on fluid dynamics

Danish studio CEBRA has redesigned a science centre in Copenhagen, adding a shimmering copper-clad staircase that represents the structure of a DNA strand. CEBRA won an international competition in 2011 to oversee the refurbishment of the Experimentarium, which seeks to engage with young people and showcase the wonders of science. The building is located in the

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Layered cladding emphasises stacked arrangement of L’eau Design’s mixed-use block in Seoul

The stacked volumes that make up this multipurpose building in Seoul’s Gangnam district are clad in various materials and diminish in size like the components of a nested Russian doll. The Nonhyun Matryoshka complex was designed by local firm L’eau Design for a site in a residential area of Gangnam, where it is surrounded mostly by buildings of

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Cousins & Cousins adds laminated timber and glass extension to brick house in Hackney

A spiralling steel staircase connects the living spaces inside this timber and glass extension to a semi-detached property in north London. Local studio Cousins & Cousins was asked to improve the existing layout of the house in Hackney and add a rear extension to provide the extra space needed by the clients’ growing family. The two-storey

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Block Architects adds trellises and steel-bar walls to Vietnamese house

Cubes made from white-painted reinforcing rods form frameworks that support staircases and climbing plants at this renovated house in Ho Chi Minh City. Lee & Tee House was designed by local studio Block Architects for a young couple who run a business producing handcrafted leather products in the Tan Binh District in the Vietnamese city. The

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Multiple mezzanines are connected by an open stair in Delution Architect’s Jakarta house

A staircase connecting a series of split levels ascends through a void at the centre of this house in Jakarta, which features a cantilevered upper storey that projects over the entrance. Splow (Split-Grow) House was designed by local studio Delution Architect for a plot on a residential street in the Tebet subdistrict of the Indonesian

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Theis + Khan updates Notting Hill house with basement pool and cinema

This west London house has been overhauled by British practice Theis + Khan to a “cave-like” swimming pool in the basement and a twisting white staircase. Architect couple Patrick Theis and Soraya Khan extended the basement of the five-storey House in Notting Hill Gate, stretching it beneath the front garden and part way under the rear garden. The architects

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Sagan Piechota creates hillside California home surrounded by oak trees

A grand, open-air staircase cuts through the centre of this spacious dwelling by US firm Sagan Piechota Architecture, which was designed to blend with the natural terrain. The Santa Lucia Preserve Residence is located in Carmel Valley, a hilly region in central California dotted with wineries and golf courses. The home is set within a clearing

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Dezeen’s top 10 staircases of 2016

Next up in our 2016 review, reporter Eleanor Gibson selects 10 of the most unusual and impressive staircases from the past year, from a gravity-defying look-out tower to a cavernous concrete well and a minimalist flight of folded metal steps. Vlooyberg Tower by Close to Bone This weathering steel staircase appears to defy gravity by cantilevering off a hilltop in Flanders.

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Chunky concrete staircase spirals through House in Akitsu by Kazunori Fujimoto

A concrete staircase spirals between the austere concrete floors of this house designed by Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates for a seaside spot in Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture. The 92.5-square-metre residence named House in Akitsu is located on a small peninsula near the city of Higashihiroshima, where it faces the scenic Seto Inland Sea. Two concrete cubes intersect to

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Danish office block by Sleth features cracked concrete facade and external stairs

Cracks in the concrete facade of this office block in Aarhus by Danish architecture practice Sleth provide glimpses of the building’s illuminated interior. Copenhagen-based Sleth created the office block’s unique concrete facade to help it integrate with its ageing post-industrial setting. The facade of the Sonnesgade 11 building is embellished with sparsely spaced cracks that aim to strengthen the connection

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Giant bookcase forms centrepiece of Shanghai sales office by Team_Bldg

A solid timber staircase is suspended from one side of a double-storey bookcase spanning the central wall of this sales office, which is located on the outskirts of Shanghai. Local architecture studio Team_Bldg designed the building for a site in Zhujiajiao, an ancient settlement within the Qingpu District of the Chinese city. Inside the Qing Yun Li Sales Centre, the enormous

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Atelier Pierre Thibault reorganises Quebec home around central plywood stairs

Quebec firm Atelier Pierre Thibault has overhauled a home built in the 1970s, removing interior partitions and locating a sculptural plywood staircase at its core. The Belcourt Residence is a single-family home located in Quebec City, Canada. The original property was built in the vernacular Canadian style, with thick walls and deep overhanging roofs. “The clients

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Pedro Reyes teams rough concrete with crazy paving for Mexico City home

The Mexico City home and studio of Mexican sculptor Pedros Reyes and his fashion-designer wife Carla Fernandez features crazy paving floors, as well as a staircase and double-height library rendered in coarse concrete. Fernandez and Reyes, who trained as an architect before moving into contemporary art, designed the house for a plot in Coyoacán – a borough

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Elevated walkway and visitor centre added to 12th-century abbey ruins by Binario Architectes

Binario Architectes has used Corten steel, concrete and wood to create a series of new additions to the Villers Abbey in Belgium, including a visitor centre and an elevated pathway (+ slideshow). The Belgian studio converted a former watermill to create the Abbey Visitor Centre in the town Villers-la-ville. Said to be the largest abbey ruins in Europe, Villers Abbey covers a More

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Heatherwick unveils staircase structure as “centrepiece” for New York’s Hudson Yards

British designer Thomas Heatherwick has revealed a honeycomb-like structure comprising a series of interconnected staircases to sit at the centre of the vast Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West Side. Named Vessel, the giant sculpture was unveiled today by Heatherwick and New York mayor Bill de Blasio as “the centrepiece to a grand new public More

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Heat 360 house features living-room shower and cantilevered stairs

This Ukranian house by Azovskiy & Pahomova Architects features a staircase with cantilevered wooden treads, as well as a hay-bale seating area and glass-fronted shower in the living room (+ slideshow). Local studio Azovskiy & Pahomova Architects refurbished and extended the two-storey building on the grounds of an existing property in the Dnepropetrovsk region, adding a series of unusual features requested by the More

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Toshiko Mori expands Marcel Breuer-designed residence with glazed addition

New York architect Toshiko Mori has renovated and extended a building originally designed by famed Modernist architect Marcel Breuer as a personal residence, connecting two structures with a glass-enclosed staircase (+ slideshow). The scope of Mori’s work consisted of updates to the home, completed by Breuer in 1951, as well as the addition of a new More

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Martin Dulanto installs vibrant orange staircase inside Peruvian house Casa Blanca

A fluorescent orange staircase spirals up through the centre of this house that architect Martin Dulanto has completed in Lima, Peru (+ slideshow). The sculptural staircase connects all three levels of the small property, which the Peruvian architect designed as part of a housing community called Club Las Palmas in the south of the city. More

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Alphaville’s Hikone Studio Apartments are housed in an angular concrete block

Kyoto studio Alphaville has squeezed an angular concrete apartment building onto a small plot in the Japanese city of Hikone (+ slideshow). The Hikone Studio Apartments comprises six one-bedroom flats, on a site surrounded by traditional townhouses near the city’s 17th-century castle. The hemmed-in plot, which is flanked by buildings on three sides, informed the position of the apartment block and the More

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Undulating brick building in Iran encourages public to walk on its roof

The brick facade of this mixed-use building in the Iranian city of Hamedan merges with a wave-like roof that the public is invited to sit, walk or play on (+ slideshow). The Termeh building was designed by architects Farshad Mehdizadeh and Ahmad Bathaei to accommodate two separate occupants and two distinct functions: a retail space More

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MVRDV completes giant scaffolding staircase in Rotterdam city centre

Dutch office MVRDV has revealed the first photographs of The Stairs, a huge scaffolding staircase leading up to the roof of an office block in Rotterdam city centre (+ slideshow). As the latest of several exciting new additions to the city, the temporary installation allows visitors to climb 180 steps up to the roof of the Groot Handelsgebouw – one of More

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Gravity-defying staircase by Close to Bone climbs up into the sky

This weathering steel staircase by engineering studio Close to Bone cantilevers off a hill in Flanders, forming an observation tower overlooking rolling farmland and the Kabouterbos forest (+ slideshow). Standing unsupported at almost 11.5 metres tall, the staircase “floats” above its picturesque setting in the the Tielt-Winge municipality. The structure known as Vlooyberg Tower was designed by More

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Studioninedots carves out an atrium inside overhauled 1970s office building

Dutch firm Studioninedots has renovated a 1970s office building in the Dutch city of Hilversum, removing sections of the existing walls and floors to create a four-storey void crisscrossed by steel staircases (+ slideshow). The building is located on a former industrial site that was later home to the offices of telecommunications firm Alcatel-Lucent. Housing corporation De Alliantie More

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Hudson Architects installs decorative staircase inside new Norwich architecture school

Hudson Architects has transformed a heritage-listed building in eastern England into an architecture school, featuring a staircase that references an ornately patterned original balustrade (+ slideshow). The new Norwich University of the Arts School of Architecture is contained in a Grade-II listed Victorian building, which was originally built by local architect Edward Boardman as a sunday More

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Tate Harmer transforms Brunel’s first engineering project into underground venue

A subterranean shaft created by 19th-century engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel is now accessible to the public for the first time in 150 years, thanks to a new staircase by architecture studio Tate Harmer (+ slideshow). The so-called “sinking shaft” was designed by the eminent engineer as an entrance to London’s Thames Tunnel, but the space has now been More

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MVRDV to build giant scaffolding staircase in Rotterdam city centre

Dutch office MVRDV has revealed plans to build a huge staircase out of scaffolding in Rotterdam, the latest in a series of exciting new additions to the city. Marking 75 years since Rotterdam began its recovery from the second world war, the temporary installation will pay tribute to the architecture that has come about as a result. More

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Continuous staircase connects eight levels in K8 bar building by Florian Busch

German architect Florian Busch conceived this Kyoto bar as one continuous space spread over eight levels to make the most of a narrow site in one of the city’s oldest nightlife areas (+ slideshow). Each level within the K8 bar is connected via a metal staircase and landings that are designed as one structure, zigzagging More

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Liddicoat & Goldhill transforms an 18th-century barn into an English countryside home

London studio Liddicoat & Goldhill has remodelled a derelict barn in Kent, England, to create a home featuring mechanically operated doors and a staircase that wraps around a chimney (+ movie). Named Ancient Party Barn, the house comprises a cluster of 18th-century buildings that once functioned as a threshing barn, dairy and stables for a farm in More

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Herzog & de Meuron creates subterranean gallery for Musée Unterlinden in Colmar

Herzog & de Meuron has completed an extension to the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, creating a new underground gallery accessed via a monumental cast-concrete staircase (+ slideshow). The Swiss firm has added nearly 2,000 square metres of floor space to the museum, which occupies a cluster of historical buildings including a 13th century convent and an early-20th-century More

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Sculptural staircase features inside minimal Swedish house by Jonas Lindvall

A spiral staircase provides an eye-catching feature inside this minimal white house completed by Swedish designer Jonas Lindvall in a seaside town outside Malmö (+ slideshow). Described by the designer as a “sculptural focal point against the minimal architecture”, the smooth white staircase stands at the junction between the house’s two wings. Rather than being enclosed in a More

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Villa Lumi by Avanto Architects has a curving white concrete staircase

A sculptural white staircase lit by a skylight connects an open-plan living space to a mezzanine floor inside this house in Finland by Avanto Architects (+ slideshow). Avanto designed the villa in the town of Nummela for a family who wanted “a modern house with high class detailing” on a site near a busy road. Named Lumi – Finnish for snow – the house More

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Daniel Valle Architects builds Paju Book City headquarters for publisher Kyomunsa

A spiral staircase provides a staff entrance to this headquarters for a South Korean publishing house, completed by Spanish studio Daniel Valle Architects on the outskirts of Seoul. The building provides both offices and storage facilities for Kyomunsa, a publisher specialising in science and cultural books. It is located in Paju Book City – a huge publishing community that More

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Dezeen’s top 10 staircases of 2015

A spectacular staircase can transform even the most average building, and this year we’ve seen them in a huge variety of materials and sizes. Dezeen editor Anna Winston chooses 10 of the best from 2015. Ribbon Chapel by Hiroshi Nakamura One of the most popular projects of the year, this Japanese wedding chapel is wrapped with More

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Tsubasa Iwahashi completes Hyōgo house containing three types of staircase

Behind a simple concrete exterior, this house by Japanese architect Tsubasa Iwahashi contains a complex arrangement of rooms connected by three different kinds of staircase (+ slideshow). Named Relation, the house was designed by Osaka-based Iwahashi to create a series of separate spaces that are visually connected to one another. The aim is for the resident family to […]

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Steven Vandenborre adds cross-shaped staircase to an industrial office conversion

A multi-directional black staircase bridges the main entrance space in this converted office building in Belgium (+ slideshow). Having outgrown its previous offices, temping agency Ago purchased a former telecoms building near central Kortrijk and invited local studio Steven Vandenborre Architects to oversee its refurbishment. Vandenborre designed a monumental bespoke black staircase as the main feature. Two flights of steps rise […]

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David Lebenthal’s Tel Aviv townhouse features a staircase with shelves stuck to its steel balustrade

A staircase suspended behind a screen of steel rods and welded shelves features inside this house in Tel Aviv, which architect David Lebenthal designed for himself and his family (+ slideshow). The townhouse is located in a residential neighbourhood in the south east of the Israeli city, and was designed by David Lebenthal Architects to occupy a […]

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Curving concrete staircase protrudes from warehouse-like circus school in France

French studios Caractère Spécial and Parisian studio NP2F Architectes have expanded the home of a circus arts centre in France’s Champagne region and added a curving outdoor staircase (+ slideshow). The Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC) has been located on a 19th-century circus site in Châlons-en-Champagne, north-east France, since 1985. Marseille firm Caractère Spécial and Parisian studio NP2F Architectes won a […]

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Timothy Hatton Architects designs floating steel staircase for Deirdre Dyson gallery

London firm Timothy Hatton Architects has added a burnished steel staircase to rug designer Deirdre Dyson’s Chelsea carpet gallery as part of a renovation of her studio. Deirdre Dyson had previously used the building as a studio and showroom, but decided to overhaul the space to incorporate a gallery that could also display rugs as works […]

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Log Rhythm house revives old Japanese building technique using steel beams instead of wood

Huge steel beams with I-shaped profiles were stacked to form the framework of this Tokyo house by Mount Fuji Architects Studio, which features a red spiral staircase winding between its floors (+ slideshow). Local firm Mount Fuji Architects Studio – whose past projects include a house centred around a tree-like column – designed Log Rhythm house as […]

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Gallery for ceramic artist Jung Gil-Young is camouflaged behind mirrored walls

Yoon Space Design has completed a gallery dedicated to the work of South Korean potter Jung Gil-Young, featuring mirrored walls that help camouflage the building against its countryside setting (+ slideshow). The Korean studio renovated and extended an existing house in Cheongdo, a county in North Gyeongsang Province, to create the new gallery for Jung […]

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Angled shipping container houses a staircase for Israeli port office by Potash Architects

Shipping containers are often repurposed to create buildings, and this structure by Tel Aviv studio Potash Architects features one container balanced at a precarious angle (+ slideshow). Named Shipping Container Terminal, the building provides offices and technical facilities at the Port of Ashdod – one of Israel’s two main cargo ports, located about 40 kilometres […]

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Adult education centre with an “amphi-staircase” draws inspiration from Mickey Mouse

An amphitheatre-style staircase forms the heart of this adult learning centre in Denmark, which architecture studio CEBRA said was inspired by the “circles and ovals” of Disney characters like Mickey Mouse (+ slideshow). Aarhus-based CEBRA was commissioned to build the HF & VUC Fyn education complex for 1,300 adult pupils on a plot located between the city centre and harbour in […]

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Kaan Architecten adds study centre to a hospital part-designed by Jean Prouvé

Dutch studio Kaan Architecten has added a medical research centre to a Rotterdam hospital, featuring triangular skylights, spiral staircases and a 35-metre-high bookcase (+ movie). The Education Center forms part of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam – a teaching hospital originally designed in 1965 by Dutch architect Arie Hagoort in collaboration with iconic French designer Jean Prouvé. It was recently extended by EGM […]

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Gianluca Gelmini inserts an angular iron staircase inside a medieval Italian fortress

A colossal iron staircase bursts through the medieval stone walls of this fortified tower in rural Italy and into a copper-clad extension, as part of a renovation by local studio Gianluca Gelmini (+ slideshow). The dilapidated 12th-century tower had sat empty for decades before its purchase by the local council of Villa d’Adda – a village near the Italian city of Bergamo – […]

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Kengo Kuma uses a grand staircase to transform a Tokyo warehouse into a shop

A huge staircase interspersed with trees winds up to the entrance of this former Tokyo warehouse that Kengo Kuma and Associates has converted into a lifestyle store and cafe (+ slideshow). Covering an area comparable with the warehouse itself, the timber and steel staircase snakes up from the street to both the lower and upper levels of […]

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Masato Sekiya wraps a glass corridor around an office block in Japan

A glazed corridor climbs up around the exterior of this Japan office building, intended by architect Masato Sekiya to create the impression that the structure has been “cut in half by glass” (+ slideshow). Sekiya and his firm Planet Creations designed the three-storey building to house the main office and sales centre for a printing firm, […]

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Crooked concrete wall divides Zurich building by Christian Kerez into semi-detached homes

A layer of glass envelopes this pair of homes in Zurich, while a zigzagging concrete partition between them is the only opaque wall in the building (+ slideshow). Named House with One Wall, the concrete and glass building was designed by Swiss architect Christian Kerez for a plot in Witikon, south-east of the city. Perched on a slope, it […]

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Montreal home updated with corrugated metal cladding and a vibrant staircase

La Shed Architecture has renovated an old residence in a Montreal neighbourhood, adding a roof terrace flanked by corrugated metal and a bright red-orange staircase (+ slideshow). Canadian studio La Shed carried out significant remodelling works to Maison de Gaspé, a two-storey home and garage in the district of Villeray to create a home for a couple and their two young children. According to the […]

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Haworth Tompkins transforms an old brick building for the Donmar Warehouse

Stirling Prize-winner Haworth Tompkins has revamped a former warehouse to create rehearsal and office spaces for one of London’s most important theatre companies (+ slideshow). Haworth Tompkins – which was awarded the UK’s most important architecture prize for its redesign of the Liverpool Everyman theatre – was approached by the Donmar Warehouse to create a […]

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Studio Inches renovates Alpine house to create a private gallery

An old house perched at the foot of the Swiss Alps has been converted into a museum and gallery to exhibit the work of a local artist. Architect Matteo Inches was approached by the 80-year-old daughter of late Swiss artist and archaeologist Aldo Crivelli to create the gallery, named MeCri Museum. It hosts exhibitions of her father’s drawings and paintings, as well as temporary displays of […]
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Converted barn by Lynch Architects includes a traditional “Norfolk winder stair”

What appears to be a cupboard is actually a staircase leading up to a tiny loft bedroom in this 18th-century barn in Norfolk, England, that Lynch Architects has converted into a holiday home (+ slideshow). London-based Lynch Architects carried out the renovation whilst also refurbishing an accompanying cottage. Related story: Nash Baker’s Bourne Lane house […]
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Supermachine Studio adds labyrinthine staircase to seaside park in Thailand

This concrete tower of interconnecting red staircases was designed by Thai firm Supermachine Studio for an elevated game of hide and seek (+ slideshow).  The Labyrinth was designed by Bangkok-based Supermachine Studio for a spot on the edge of a park near Bang Saen Beach, a coastal resort 60 miles east of the Thai capital. Related story: Mecanoo designs a pavilion with a […]
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Stilted woodland cabin by ALT Architekti boasts a spiralling metal staircase

A metal staircase twists though a triangular well in one corner of this six-sided timber cabin by ALT Architekti, which is raised on stilts over a hillside in Central Bohemia (+ slideshow). ALT Architekti was commissioned to build the two-bedroom home by a client who “always wanted a wooden house”. Related story: Metal Staircase by Francesco Librizzi Studio Located within a no-build […]
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Intertwining staircases spiral around the glazed core of Hiroshi Nakamura’s Ribbon Chapel

Two curving staircases encircle the exterior of this wedding chapel by Tokyo-based architect Hiroshi Nakamura, meeting at a rooftop platform that overlooks the Hiroshima coastline (+ slideshow). The Ribbon Chapel takes its name from the pair of timber-clad staircases that wind around the exterior of the glazed wedding chapel. Related story: Forest Chapel by Hironaka Ogawa […]
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Single concrete leg props a staircase inside converted Primrose Hill garage by Patalab

A tapered column of cast concrete supports the underside of a dark oak staircase inside one of the residences that occupies this converted London garage by Patalab Architecture (+ slideshow). Tucked away in a courtyard between railway lines and a Victorian terrace, The Gables comprises a two-storey family home and two studio apartments, created by London-based […]
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A staircase lands on a desk inside House in Hikone by Tato Architects

Forty-two identical windows puncture the exterior of this house in Japan by Tato Architects, which also features a staircase that leads onto a piece of furniture (+ slideshow). Tato Architects founder Yo Shimada wanted to create a building with a scale that is hard to read from the exterior, and which also contains a “floating” space slotted between the […]
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Dezeen’s top 10 staircases of 2014

Architects love staircases, and this year we’ve seen all kinds – from smooth concrete curves and twisting corkscrews, to structures built from reclaimed wood and rusty steel. Dezeen’s architecture editor Amy Frearson has selected 10 of the best. A1 House and Studio, Czech Republic, by A1 Architects This cast-concrete staircase is the centrepiece of a 200-year-old workers’ cottage that […]
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Elisabete Saldanha combines historical features with contemporary details at House in Guimarães

A white spiral staircase that contrasts with the surrounding stone walls is one of several modern interventions that architect Elisabete Saldanha has added to this converted farmhouse in Portugal (+ slideshow). The house and its former stables are located just outside the city of Guimarães, in a grove of oak, chestnut and cork trees. Related story: Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos […]
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Spiral stairs puncture hilly floors inside Takeshi Hosaka’s House in Byobugaura

A spiral staircase rises through the trough-shaped floors of this concrete residence in Japan by local studio Takeshi Hosaka Architects (+ slideshow). Takeshi Hosaka designed the Byobugaura House for a couple with two children in a residential area of Yokohama, Japan. Related story: Yuusuke Karasawa’s maze-like S House has an entirely transparent facade Situated in a densely populated […]
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Yuusuke Karasawa’s maze-like S House has an entirely transparent facade

The exposed criss-crossing skeleton of this see-through house in Japan frames a labyrinth of wall-less rooms connected by over a dozen different staircases (+ slideshow). Designed by Tokyo-based architect Yuusuke Karasawa, S House is a two-storey-high building broken up into five split levels, creating a series of evenly sized rooms that are connected by staircases […]

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Charred-timber extension by A1 Architects transforms an old cottage into a home and studio

A freestanding concrete staircase spirals between the floors of this timber-frame and stone building remodelled by the founders of A1 Architects to form their own home and studio in Prague (+ slideshow). A1 Architects created the live-in studio within a two-hundred-year-old workers’ cottage in the east of Prague. Lenka Kremenova, co-founder of the studio, designed the […]

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