1456 Staircase Design Photos And Ideas - Page 2

Blue has a major moment in the house that Luke Ogrydziak and Zoë Prillinger designed for a couple moving from Marin County to Telegraph Hill. The color is a custom blend by Benjamin Moore that the architects named Lorna Blue for one of the homeowners, an artist.
A spiral staircase runs through the center of the house, serving as a chimney that pulls cool air up from the ground floor as hot air exits through windows on the top level.
Architect Catherine Milanese wanted to use a single material—fir plywood—for the stringer, the stairs, and the risers, visually integrating the stairway with the wood box that contains the mezzanine level.
A metal support beam is left uncovered, bringing textural contrast to the crisp surroundings.
The underwater pool window not only adds a touch of whimsy, but helps illuminate the basement.
A stair system leads to the second-floor lookout.
The main stair to the mezzanine level is accessed by set of steps that can be moved out of the way when not in use.
The stairs were stripped back to just the steps and upgraded with a new steel handrail and spindles. The treads were finished with OSMO ebony oil.
Upstairs, there’s a second-floor office and work by the homeowners’ daughter, artist Kat Marais.
The yellow-painted stair is crafted from Kowhai, a dense and durable native timber.
Much of the original detail throughout the house was retained and refurbished, such as the barrel-vaulted ceilings, metal railing, and woodwork in the front hall.
A spiral staircase leads to a bathroom and three bedrooms above. A perforated steel landing connects the bedrooms above and bridges a double-height main living space.
The open-riser stairs reduce visual mass and allow light to filter down to the lower levels.
The Mexico City house that Miguel Ángel Aragonés designed for his family contains many of his signature touches, including striking geometries, stark white walls, and rich materials. A work by Jan Hendrix hangs near the home’s grand stair.
When dusk descends on Mexico City, an all-white house takes on a surreal new atmosphere as an alchemy of LEDs bathes the interior in vibrant colors. The dreamlike abode is the work of Miguel Angel Aragonés, a self-taught architect of the Mexican design studio Taller Aragonés, and one of four structures on his property—three houses and a studio—collectively called Los Rombos after their rhomboid shape.
A cedar-clad stair leads up to the 1,005-square-foot phase one house, while maple panels line the pitched interior ceilings.
The stair was crafted from birch plywood and milled with a CNC mill so that it could be delivered and assembled as a kit of parts.
A simple metal railing and Red Acacia flooring create a minimalist aesthetic for the loft area.
At the staircase landing, one is able to feel the textures of the old home more intimately. Rather than being hidden away, the bricks are framed like artwork, highlighted with subtle light fixtures.
A new "secret" staircase now lies opposite the entrance, leading to an attic above the "white box" form. It is accessed via an operable bookcase door.
Different flooring materials add rich textural detail to the home. The main floor features pewter-toned hardwood, while the second and third floors feature sand-colored hardwood. Bianco marble features in the foyer and the kitchen floors and island.
The central staircase connects all three floors of the 7,000-square-foot Toronto townhouse.
A view of the serpentine staircase from above.
A view from the entryway to the open-plan living and dining room. All finishes, furnishings, and millwork were replaced for the renovation.
Solid walnut slabs were used for the interior stair treads—a beautiful and durable choice. Sunlight from a skylight above filters through the space, creating delicate patterns of light and shadow as it passes through the screen.
A slatted walnut screen is a centerpiece of the home’s new design. Accentuating the height of the space, the vertical slats come together with metal rods and a sleek handrail, creating a graphic manipulation of positive and negative space. In addition to allowing light to permeate the interior, the screen is visible from most vantage points in the home, providing an anchor of visual interest.
The reimagined entry stair favors rich and warm walnut hues, leading visitors to the relocated third-floor kitchen.
"The oversized skylight enables the owners to see the sky from the center of the house," Maydan says. "It was also important to ensure that the palm tree, which was planted in the center of the entry atrium, can get plenty of sunlight."
Views of trees, foliage, and greenery can be found from any space within this home, linking the occupants to nature.
The custom stair leads to the private quarters above, including three bedrooms, a large master suite, and an additional family room.
A white, geometric stair is a bright contrast to the black exterior.
A closer look at the sculptural steel stair connecting the two main levels.
Herringbone floors and a board-formed concrete wall create a linear motif in the second-floor stairwell.
Natural light pours into the stairwell.
A switchback staircase accommodates a grand piano handed down from Anton’s father.
The couple enlisted architect Smiljan Radic, who designed two structures facing each other across a wooden deck. Each pays homage to an earlier building. One re-creates Kazuo Shinohara’s 1974 Prism House. The other (shown here) reprises one of Radic ́’s own designs.
Stairs lead down to the semi-below grade bedrooms.
Clinton Cole, architect, builder, and director at CPlusC Architectural Workshop, gave Welcome to the Jungle House, his family's home in suburban Sydney, the eco-friendly treatment, what with a solar-panel facade, rainwater harvesting, and a rooftop full of fruits and vegetables and a fish pond. Visitors are first ushered into the imposing steel "shroud" entry, facing the timber-clad staircase.
Architect Bill Ryall installed vertical circulation elements, opened an unobstructed 47-foot-long view from front to back, and kept the ceiling beams exposed to create a loft-like environment.
City House by SMS Arquitectos features a second-floor townhouse extension that explores new possibilities with plywood.
Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is located in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might as aptly refer to the house itself. Though all the on-site plants are mundane home-center varieties, they grow to uncanny heights in the moist, sunny environment.
Two signature features of MB Architecture–designed prefabs are a double-height space and a wide staircase. “We love the wide staircase—it becomes a place to sit, and watch sunsets,” says Behrooz.
A multilevel design means that the outside is never far away in CBC House.
The house’s concrete construction allows its geometry to shine.
A modern staircase creates a visual connection to the woodland that surrounds the property.
The stairs and guard rail are made of Ash. Vertical beams are connected to the white, steel substructure with hex-head screws that have been concealed with putty—a simple technique that makes a strong impact. “There are barely any other decorative elements in the interior space,” explains Sonja. “It is all about the play of forms, plans, surfaces, and the patterns of the different wooden coatings under the light.”
Stair Detail
Main Entry
Connecting the old and new spaces is an oak and steel spiral staircase. Set against a geometric oriel window, the staircase bay slightly protrudes from the side the facade, offering the only visible hint of the modern materials used in back.
This stairway gets a very on-trend arch treatment.
Behind the white wall with the oval window lies the central plunge pool, one of the architects’ favorite features in the home.
The skylight over the stairs, and an abundance of north-facing glazing flood the interior with natural light to make the home feel more spacious.

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.