Top 5 Homes of the Week With Scintillating Staircases

Spiral, jagged, wooden, metal—these modern staircases are a step above the rest. Take a peek at the homes from the Dwell community that caught our editor’s eye this week with their spellbinding staircase design.

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1. CK House

The sweeping staircase in CK House by Christiana Karagiorgi Architects runs alongside the home's wooden library.

Architect: Christiana Karagiorgi Architects, Location: Konia, Paphos, Cyprus

From the architect: "The project's site is located on a riverside plot with a big inclination and a dominant landscape surrounding. The main idea of the design was to bring the landscape views inside the house—thus creating different perspectives of nature through every living space."

2. Gregory Creek Residence

The design of Gregory Creek Residence was developed through an organic process. It evolved with ongoing client participation, was nurtured by in-studio group design sessions, and fine-tuned during a collaborative construction process. The home's staircase winds up several levels, imitating the visual flow Gettliffe Architecture sought after in the design process.

Architect: Gettliffe Architecture, Location: Boulder, Colorado

From the architect: "The Gregory Creek Residence is located in a lush copse of trees along the green corridor of Gregory Creek in Boulder. Inspired by a program that emphasized both inclusion in and protection from this rich, wild environment, the image of a cluster of mushrooms became an early metaphor—a home emerging from the soil as part of the forest undergrowth to create shelter for a safe retreat. Each layer of the home relates differently to the surrounding natural environment. The lower level emerges from grade to connect with the forest floor and ground-level plant life. The main level looks over the creek, into the trees, and beyond the landscaped yard. The upper level provides the most intimate connection, with a sense of nesting within the branches and foliage of the trees. Overall an open visual flow connects those in the home to the creek and its creatures, while offering protection via the use of cantilevers."

3. Family House in the Slope

Dům Ve Svahu's staircase cuts through the house, the metallic tread contrasting with the concrete walls and netted railing. The architects, masparti, allowed the rest of the home to be light and airy in comparison by keeping furnishings spare and walls painted white.

Architect: masparti, Location: Šternberk, Czechia

From the photographer/project uploader: "The house is designed on a plot which offers a view of the opposite forested slope. This view is preserved both for those entering the top end of the street from the forest, as well as for those who live on the opposite side of the street, as the height of the house is rather low. Still, as the house is extended further to the garden, it offers great views over Drahany Highlands stretching on the horizon.We designed the house as low as possible from the street and as simple as possible in general, especially when it is rather complex since designed for a family of three generations; the house is partially hidden underground and all what was needed is included in one extended form stretching into the narrow garden."

4. Wildwood

Set on top of a forested ridge separating downtown Portland and the suburban sprawl of Beaverton, OR, Wildwood by Giulietti / Schouten AIA Architects is a rural retreat and primary residence hidden within the metro area of the Pacific Northwest. The floating staircase features glass guardrails and white oak treads to match the hardwood floors. 

Architect: Giulietti / Schouten AIA Architects, Location: Portland, Oregon

From the architect: "The clients, who work nearby, requested a modern home with simple, clean lines to fit within the heavily forested 1.2-acre site and to embrace outdoor living throughout the year. They requested the home to be truly livable in the cool northwest climate with natural daylight and filtered views of the forest."

5. South Moravian Village House

Old and new merged in the design of Village House. During building, ORA and their collaborative team opted for using conventional cellular concrete blocks for the walls and staircase.

Architect: ORA, Location: Božice, Czechia

From the photographer/project uploader: "The task was clear: design for us a contemporary country house. We began by exploring the concept of a contemporary Moravian village. Today, the definition of a rural house in Czechia seems to be ambiguous. Our aim was to show that a country house should not act as an urban villa placed carelessly in the middle of the estate, a phenomenon common for most of today's projects. Rather than isolating the estate from its surroundings, it needs to open up and find its way back to the street. Instead of turning away from the street, we wanted to highlight its existence."

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