105 Staircase Metal Tread Design Photos And Ideas

On the first floor, a gentle ramp ensures accessibility to common areas; all passageways are at least three feet wide. “Our goal was to accommodate a wheelchair without having the house feel designed differently at all,” says principal Lisa Gray. The builder on the project, Scotty McClelland, has known and worked closely with the families for many years.
Beyond the second-floor landing, a garden roof filters rainwater and provides insulation.
The materials are limited to white millwork and white oak. “When we come home, we want something serene,” Broughton says.
Main stair
Staircase-VILLA CP
Stair screen
Making the most of a modest budget, the Hot Rod House relies on a single move—the insertion of a folded steel stair—to provide circulation while becoming a free-standing 3-D sculptural element. Large pivoting windows open the house to the outside. From a technical standpoint, the house serves as an on-going research project, e.g., the window frames double as the structural moment frame for the house, and the stair is constructed without stringers. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.
An installation by Willem Cole hangs in the gallery, which leads to an open stairway to the office and private bedrooms upstairs.
Mario Plasencia, the architect, used wood to wrap the exterior stairwell.
Rather than a one-off custom piece, Baker designed the daybed as a prototype and worked with Ohio Design on its fabrication.
The burled redwood slab from Aborica serves as a dramatic portal as you descend into the lower zone of the Escape Pad. The custom partition housing the tub and powder room area lie beyond. The custom metal works was by Metropolis Metalworks.
Games and toys await in the entryway.
A laser-cut-steel staircase connects the two floors.
The stairs are made of iron, which was coated with white paint from San Marco.
Futuristic floating stairs lead to the loft’s mezzanine. Throughout the lower level, natural stone was chosen for the flooring, laid at an irregular angle to add visual interest.
Bent metal stair treads and risers incorporate a modern element which provides access to the sleeping quarters up top.
The Penthouse space extends between three floors, creating a unique urban form of living with integral vertical circulation.
Floating Staircase
Church wanted a steel staircase inspired by a Jean Nouvel design. Her architect and contractor collaborated on an economical version that is used both inside and out.
Staircase to Second Floor
A lack of walls and doors generates a compact but continuous space for living.
The sharp ridgeline and soaring soffit reference a tent-like experience in an architecturally elegant way.
Stairs Detail
a ray of light penetrating the livingromm
The owners shared Turnbull Griffin Haesloop’s dedication to green design, and agreed to modifications—like solar panels and passive heating and cooling elements—to earn the property LEED Platinum certification. The living room’s oversized fan is by Big Ass Fans. Ultra-Tec created the cable system on the stairs and guardrail.
Rimrock | Olson Kundig
They lengthened the kitchen by removing a ground-level bathroom. This created a much larger kitchen/living/dining area, complete with a central fireplace.
“We took away a very thick, heavy staircase that led to the loft, and designed one that had a much lighter look,” Wåhlin says. “The new one, made of steel, looks simple and indeed light—but is in fact super heavy and was a real challenge to construct.”
Rising to a catwalk above, a huge glass-and-steel central stair envisioned by the architect spans four floors of the Chiavellis’ newly expanded house.
Locally sourced Italian slate covers the ground floor rooms; the coat rack near the entrance is from Zanotta.

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.

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