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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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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.
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.”
The large garden room features walls clad in richly textured Birch wood, an asphalt tile floor, and exposed joists along the ceiling.
A stairway plays with light and form.
The front stairway features a delicate archway and wood flooring. While the goal wasn’t to match the same timber, the addition’s minimalist color palette and choice of timber help smooth the gap between the old and the new.
Stepping down into the intimate library area, overlooked from the kitchen, and with a view up into the light well. Above, a clerestory glass panel in the second floor washroom floods it with daylight. The split level condition with open stairs provides views through multiple levels as one circulates throughout the home.
The staircase in the mudroom is made of raw steel kickplates and treads created from locally harvested sugar maples.
The partial basement holds storage and an entertainment room. A skylight over the stairs floods the area with natural light.
The use of wood throughout the headquarters instills a lodge-like sense of warmth and comfort.
With white oak treads and a steel-and-glass railing, the new staircase is much more elegant.
A peek at the stunning Pei-designed spiral staircase, capped with an oblong skylight.
Burnt Cedar
Burnt Cedar
A loft area overlooks the living room. This space could easily be converted into a home office, meditation nook, or play area, depending on the owner’s needs.
The petite addition houses two office spaces on the second floor, one tucked away behind a hidden bookcase door.
The staircase may just be the most impressive feature as it combines all of the materials in an architectural element that is both sculptural and functional.
Two sets of double doors merge the interior with the covered exterior.

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.