If there’s a pathway to heaven; it’s said to be via the stairs. Staircase design has long symbolised connection and transcendence, taking an important spot in our ancient architectural history. In all of their angular beauty, stairs aren’t just key to a well-integrated space, they’re a poignant feature of contemporary design.
Be it a series or steps or a flight of stairs, sweeping sculptural form or straight-edged, we know these transitional spaces aren’t just for getting from A to B. Taking encouragement from the Clovelly House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects, we’re stepping up with our architectural lens to curate a collection of conceptual staircase designs. From scale to materiality, these staircase designs have a striking say on form and function, elevating the mesmerising far above the mediocre.
The Armadale Residence by B.E Architecture
B.E Architecture have a reputation for architectural genius, epitomised in their staircase design. Inside the Armadale Residence, made from over 250 tonnes of Granite, the stairs channel the same textured appeal as the exterior. The tactile walls are juxtaposed with discerning gold accents for an equally sculptural and sophisticated structure.
Indigo Slam by Smarts Design Studio
At the core of the boundary-bending Indigo Slam house by Smarts Design Studio is an epic three-storey staircase hall. Designed for an avid art collector, this staircase feels as if lifted from a grand gallery entrance. The ethereal light bounces from the curved rendered white walls onto the muted bricks for pure sculptural delight. Indigo Slam certainly takes the cake for sheer scale, designed to last for over 100 years.
Iluka House by Alexander & Co.
For a staircase that looks both forwards and backwards, the Iluka House by Alexander & Co. is at the top of our list. The stately staircase has a distinctly European atmosphere of rich timber stairs and regal railing. The surprising element? The staircase is at home in Palm Beach Sydney.
West Melbourne loft by Adrian Amore Architects
The West Melbourne loft by Adrian Amore Architects certainly has curve appeal. Adrian Amore Architects reinvented a butter factory space by introducing new in only the most engaging way: through the twisted staircase. The focal point spirals to the upper mezzanine and roof terrace, packing a punch with its monochrome palette and those matte black steps.
Oslo Loft by Haptic Architects
Hailing from Norway, Haptic Architects got savvy with the stairs in the Oslo Loft. What makes this stair design unique is the modular, powder-coated, white steel suspended between the joists and connecting the two levels. No image does this clever staircase design justice, ensuring light flows evenly from floor to floor, to add to the space rather than detract from it.
The Books House by Luigi Rosselli
This brass staircase inside the Books House by Luigi Rosselli may seem out of character for the master of curves, but no less stupendous. The design ascends to an elliptical skylight shaft opening, meaning these brass stairs are always shining in morning sun. The brass stairs also play their role as an elegant divider between the dining, living and kitchen areas.
Boston House by Steven Harris Architects
Steven Harris Architects caught the attention of many a Pinterest user with his curvaceous staircase inside the Boston House. From overhead, the staircase design is a playful take on a spiral, sumptuously wrapping around the honey timber flooring. Sticking to the heritage confines, the stairs are caught beautifully in between a traditional and contemporary design, basking in a cathedral-dose of natural light.
The Sturlasgade Apartment by Jac Studios
The Sturlasgade Apartment by Jac Studios lends more to the radical reinvention of how two storeys can be connected. With a conceptual approach to restoration, Jac Studios built a smoked-oak staircase of terrazzo steps suspended from steel poles inside the old factory site.
Spotted Gum Northcote House by Taylor Knights Architects
We may not always be partial to a pop of colour, but these yellow stairs inside the Spotted Gum Northcote House by Taylor Knights Architects are an intelligent intervention. At the top, the yellow perforated steel stairs bring light down to the ground floor, from a retractable skylight. In between, the spotted gum ties the staircase in with its signature material element.