Dwell’s Favorite 137 Staircase Design Photos And Ideas

The mirrored villa rests on 43-foot-high pillars and is accessed via a long wooden staircase.
Jinhee and John, looking east from the dual-story roof deck. The door behind Jinhee leads to the top floor of Andy Hong’s unit, where a bar fridge contains wine ready for parties. In the background is the boxy form of a traditional triple-decker.
A wooden ladder leads up to the loft bedroom. A wood-burning stove provides heating.
The handrail continues onto the mezzanine as a slanted balustrade that follows the upper level’s triangulated plan. "It looks like a complicated system, but on closer look, most of the surfaces are planar," says Amanda. "We did this to ensure that the project could be constructed as accurately as possible."
A skylight at the top of the staircase, which winds around a carambola tree, floods the interior with sunlight.
From the living area, a winding staircase leads to the second level with an additional living space and two guest rooms.
A white-painted steel-plate staircase leads from the third floor to the attic level.
The black slate staircase draws the eye upwards to the wooden ceiling, which took six months to restore. Dodi Moss “treated it just like an intervention on a work of art, as a testimony of and investigation into the skill with which it had been created.”
City House by SMS Arquitectos features a second-floor townhouse extension that explores new possibilities with plywood.
This stairway gets a very on-trend arch treatment.
The mezzanine and upper loft are clad in wood, which fosters consistency with the lower level.
Two sets of double doors merge the interior with the covered exterior.
A split thread staircase leads up to the bedroom.
Steel stairs provide entry to the living spaces, gently touching the land below.
Miguel is known for dramatic lighting schemes that project vivid colors onto his buildings. At night, colored LEDs transform the white walls at Rombo III. The hues are an homage to Mexican painter Gunther Gerzso.
Geometric forms add a modern touch to the home.
A staircase guides visitors from the home's entry in the rough cement base to the bright and airy residential space.
A cylindrical glass staircase with Western red cedar and painted steel mullions dominates the front of the house. The stair treads, along with the floor, are made of recycled spotted gum.
The same wood used in the Amsterdam home's kitchen appears in the exposed timber staircase and in the bathrooms.
Though they give the appearance of bent plywood, each curved layer of this ribbed staircase's corridor was constructed with flat, laminated cutouts, including the rounded hand rail.
Tap House, Canton, Baltimore MD
The timber staircase is concealed behind perforated metal screens, with storage below.
No space goes unused in the kitchen, including the under-stair space. The perforated metal screens pull out to reveal additional storage.
The custom-made steel and Douglas fir staircase leads up to the bedrooms.
The Art Deco–inspired stair rail, designed by Ed’s mother, was preserved, as was one of the Moorish-style arches. A painty by Minku Kim hangs in the entry.
Full-height shelving lines the wood staircase, providing plenty of space for the homeowner's unique collections.
Minimal interventions by architect Andrew Simpson allowed this former jam warehouse outside of Melbourne, Australia, to be turned into a family residence. "To draw light and ventilation into what was a poorly oriented and deep footprint, an extensive number of operable skylights were introduced on the north- and south-facing roof pitches, and a large void connecting the floors was strategically positioned to also take advantage of this amenity," Simpson says. American oak floorboards and Dulux paint were used throughout the property for continuity.
The staircase was moved to the other side of the room and is now a sculptural focal point, thanks to a striking material change from wood to concrete.
The exposed concrete is thoughtfully balanced with warm wood and minimalist details.
"The entrance is a stair that goes through the building, taking you to the entrance on the front side," says the firm. "The entrance sequence marks a transition and prepares you for the life on the island."
A timber-and-stone clad staircase divides the master bedroom wing from the living space, which flows from the open south-facing deck.
Estúdio Penha introduced floor-to-ceiling, iron-framed picture windows that fill this home with light.
A spiral staircase leads to the lower level.
Maya Sheinberger redesigned the MG House so that each floor would be more cohesive. The first floor was developed alongside the landscape design, the second floor shifts according to the family's needs, and the eldest daughter lives on the third floor.
An open central stair located next to a building-high glass wall makes traveling between floors a dynamic experience.
Steps lead down from the kitchen to the living room and dining area. Open shelving keeps the spaces connected but distinct.
For a minimalist balustrade, the architects installed Ronstan Carl Stahl X-Tend stainless steel mesh to separate the stairs from the kitchen.
Bathed in soft light, the minimalist plaster walls give the hotel an elegant feel.
The top two floors of the DFAB House are made of prefabricated, load-bearing timber modules.
Poured concrete stairs step down alongside built-in storage.
Rather than rip out the staircase, they applied a soft and earthy paint palette that syncs with the tones in the existing floors and helps everything to blend.
At the rear of the house is a minimalist spiral staircase that winds up all four floors.
“We put a big skylight over the stairwell in order to bring light into the center of the house, and we opened up the stairwell to maximize how much light reached the first floor,” Barker says.
The new staircase conceals a bathroom and storage.
The stone walls were built without any mortar holding them together, a historic technique that few masons use today.
One of the greatest design challenges, according to Franz and Paré-Mayer, was reimagining the dark, unfinished garage space in a way that would “establish [it] as primary, instead of an afterthought to the original floor above.” This was achieved by layering open, linked spaces on the ground floor and sticking to a few carefully selected materials for cohesion and fluidity. There are hardly any hallways in the home; every space serves a function. Polished concrete floors continue throughout the new living level, and a bent metal dining chair with a reclaimed Douglas fir backrest made by Scholz sits in front of an open white oak staircase.
Another variation on the pattern, designed by architect Tim Bade, appears on the brushed-aluminum guardrail.
Austin, Texas
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The winding stairwell runs from the ground-floor offices all the way to the top of the house, creating an airshaft for natural ventilation and passive cooling.
This renovated arts and craft family home in Sydney’s leafy North Shore has an arched main entrance at the front of the house, and a narrow floating staircase with a threshold that mimics the arch on the façade.
A floating staircase connects the different levels.
A floating staircase leads up from the common area to the bedrooms.
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Whether grand and sweeping, rendered in wood, or a minimalist arrangment of metal and glass, the modern staircase is an example of literally elevated design. With its strong, geometric shape and functional importance, a masterful staircase can serve as the centerpiece of a building. Below are some notable examples of staircases that refuse to be ignored, and the creative tread and railing decisions that comprise them.