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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.
A skylight allows daylight into the ground-floor hallway, making the private spaces feel open and airy.
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.
Above the front entrance, the architects inserted a netted play area in a spot that, according to Karen, would have otherwise been a “dust collector.” On the top level, the flooring switches from concrete to maple.
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.”
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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.
The mezzanine and upper loft are clad in wood, which fosters consistency with the lower level.
Dark hardwood lines the floors on both levels of the 6,200-square-foot dwelling. An open library and loft accentuate the home's large main foyer.
If you have an underutilized space in your home (like underneath a staircase), consider turning it into an indoor garden.
On the other side of the front door, stairs lead up to the remaining bedrooms. A large bay window—protected from the Arizona sun by the ramada—graces the foyer leading to the dining room.
The stairs lead up to the upper loft and rooftop garden with city views.
Floating tread allows sight lines between the entry and the opposite side of the room.
The staircase is a sculptural feature that brings together all of the elements of the project palette, including white concrete at the base, wood, and black steel. The white concrete is meant to appear as though it is emerging from the wood platform.
A Frank Gehry Wiggle Chair and Globe light from Ligne Roset sit beneath the stair. The metal encircling the concrete pillar was finished to match all of the other metal elements.

Photo: Mike Schwartz
The firm eliminated the awkward, angled section of mezzanine above and moved the working elements of the kitchen down the wall. Doing so gave the entry breathing room and now the corridor is lined with functional storage.
To bring natural light into the center of the home, LeBlanc inserted a thin skylight above the stairs. The chandelier is from Michael Anastassiaees. “We wanted to find something contemporary that had nice lines,” LeBlanc says. “It seemed perfect because it acts like a 3-D mobile and has the geometric qualities Kevin likes in art.”
A small dining room occupies the space just beyond the living room. It’s furnished with vintage folding chairs designed by Danish architect Mogens Koch that are easily stored for more space.
The staircase’s redwood handrails were stripped down and reused as exterior window trim. Underneath the stairs, a little cutout was created for the couple’s cat.
A wood-burning stove keeps the well-insulated cabin warm in winter. To the right is the alternating tread staircase that leads to the mezzanine.
Granito tiles line the back wall of the stairwell.
The architects used Makha wood, a timber local to Thailand, for the stair treads.
“In this project, the stairwell is more than just a circulation,” explain the architects. “It is the core of the project, as it brings natural light and ventilation to the whole building. This vertical space has been transformed from a classic indoor circulation route to a semi-outdoor space in connection with its tropical environment.”

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.