Staircases connect a home’s different floors and living spaces but also often double as sculptural elements in an interior. Here you can discover a wide range of staircase ideas, taken from architecture and interior design projects of renowned, award-winning studios. From spiral staircases to minimalist designs that explore the dialogue between materiality and transparency, these staircases perfectly complement their surrounding spaces. Exterior staircases also offer a great source of inspiration, whether it’s a geometric-style design that wraps around a brutalist home or a staircase designed for a treehouse.
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A creative house designed with geometric volumes and sculptural living spaces. The first ground-up residential project completed by Los Angeles-based architecture and design studio Pentagon, Radius House is a striking home that looks anything but ordinary. Located in Venice, California, the context-specific dwelling stands out even in an area with an abundance of distinctive architect...
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Two children’s rooms created underneath the roof of a loft in Stockholm. When the clients purchased the Mantelpiece Loft in Stockholm, Sweden, it didn’t have enough space to create two separate rooms for the couple’s two small children. Architecture and design firm Note Design Studio received the task of making the gir...
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A contemporary beach house inspired by Mallorca’s vernacular architecture. [dropcap]B[/dropcap]uilt on a gently sloping street on the island of Mallorca, Spain, Casa Fly nestles naturally in the quiet neighborhood with a design that celebrates local architecture. Bratislava-based studio beef architekti took inspiration f...
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A contemporary extension that complements a traditional wood house. Located near Lake Ouareau, close to the town of Saint-Donat, Quebec, this traditional family house has recently welcomed a new member to the family. La Petite Soeur (The Little Sister) is a contemporary extension that perfectly complements the main dwelling, a historical house with wooden cladding. The owners hired
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A renovation and thoughtful upgrade of a 1970s Charles Gwathmey house. Designed in the 1970s by renowned architect Charles Gwathmey, this home in Amagansett, New York, was thoughtfully restored and upgraded by NYC-based architecture and design studio Worrell Yeung. House in the Dunes (originally the Haupt Residence) requir...
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An eye-catching extension that further cements an existing home’s link to its site. Some extensions simply expand a house's living space. Others reinforce visual and conceptual design cues, giving a new dimension to an existing dwelling. Platform House is part of the latter category. Designed by the studioplusthree architecture firm, the ...
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Three volumes arranged around a courtyard in Palo Alto, California. When the owners of a 1920s house in Palo Alto, California, learned that two adjacent parcels came on the market, they tasked Buttrick Projects Architecture+Design with designing an extension that would expand their living spaces. Na...
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A holiday home designed in perfect harmony with a spectacular landscape in Iceland. Named Holiday Home by Thingvallavatn, this project completed by Denmark and Iceland-based architecture practice KRADS has a special relationship with the surrounding nature. The studio collaborated closely with the clients, who are performing artists, to create the distinctive design. The process of de...
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A contemporary extension designed to enhance the living spaces of a traditional Edwardian house. Located in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, Brighton House is an extension that greatly enriches an existing Edwardian home. Adam Kane Architects create...
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A brutalist house built on a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Located in a national park in the town of Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, the Gansou Residence immerses its inhabitants into a stunning coastal landscape. Osaka-based architecture firm Ninkipen! designed the
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A black armchair designed in the 60’s sits beside an inconspicuous fireplace, cradled cleverly within a white column. The furniture comprises of hues of oak and ply which stand out against the stark white of the walls. The light color palette used in the house is further accentuated by the abundance of daylight coming in through the numerous windows.There’s a very Scandinavian feel to the place...
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A hotel that re-imagines vernacular tradition with a minimalist aesthetic. Millions of tourists visit the Italian Alps every year and they have plenty of hotels to choose from to make their stay comfortable. However, not every hotel can claim to have deep roots in local traditions and ancient architecture like Olmo. Nestled in the village of Ponchiera, the Province of Sondrio, Italy, ...
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A minimalist house designed with an interior garden and brutalist-style spaces. Located in Barcelona, Casa Costa occupies a narrow plot in a row of houses. Local studio Arquitectura-G designed the residence with a minimalist aesthetic that references brutalist architecture and with an interior garden that organizes the ...
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A landmark brownstone building transformed into a vibrant home. Located in the historic neighborhood of Clinton Hill, this landmark Brooklyn brownstone was completely transformed into a modern and bright living space. NYC-based architecture firm Michael K. Chen Architecture (MKCA) completed both extensive repairs and th...
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Two homes designed as neighboring volumes connected by a central patio that opens towards a ravine. Named Casa Estudio, this property completed by Manuel Cervantes Estudio is actually made up of two structures that have a direct relationship with each other and with the surrounding landscape. Built in Mexico City, o...
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[dropcap size=big]R[/dropcap]ising from a mountain side in the spectacular Bergamo Alps in Piateda, Italy there's a structure that seems to have been recently built to suit that particular space. But Casa VI had been a ruin until the owners hired the talented Italian architect Alfredo Vanotti to ...
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The recovery and revitalization of an industrial warehouse in Madrid. Completed by experimental architecture firm Burr Studio, Eulalia Gil is a special project that breathes new life into the industrial heritage of Madrid, Spain. As the city has transformed drastically over the years, the industrial activity, previously ...
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A concrete house that complements its minimalist design with a carbon neutral build. [dropcap]D[/dropcap]esigned by Perth-based firm Whispering Smith, the award-winning House A offers a practical and eco-friendly architecture solution for slow living fans. Open to travelers, the house is ideal for design a...
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A sustainable, high-end retreat nestled in a protected jungle in Mexico. Opened in 2021, Casa Bautista is an eco-friendly, sustainable retreat that welcomes guests in a verdant paradise. Located in the heart of the protected Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, one of Tulum’s Unesco Heritage sites, the villa offers trav...
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A stylish and minimalist home designed with flexible spaces and natural materials. [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ocated in the Italian countryside, Fluid Home is a stylish residence designed with multifunctional spaces and creative, refined details. London-based multidisciplinary design studio
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Compact but cozy and bright, SH House provides just 484 square feet of living space. Located in a beautiful landscape in Sever do Vouga, Portugal, this dwelling acts as a charming weekend getaway. The owners hired architect Paulo Martins to enhance the
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A family home designed with four monolithic volumes arranged around a dining area. Built in Lhotka, Prague, House Lhotka is a great example of contemporary Czech architecture. The family home features four monolithic volumes that complement the surrounding dwellings in this quiet neighborhood, on a street shaded...
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An apartment in Manhattan transformed into an airy and fun living space for a family. Located in a historic building designed in the Beaux-Arts style in the 1860s, this apartment in Manhattan was completely redesigned by Worrell Yeung. The clients, a couple with a young child, had lived in the apartment for 14 years but dec...
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A harmonious architectural composition that combines a family house and music studio. Built on a hill on the outskirts of the city of Bergen, Norway, Villa Grieg is specially designed as a viewfinder that brings the inhabitants closer to spectacular views of Lake Nordås and its small islands. Saunders Architecture worke...
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A courtyard house built at the heart of a working farm in the Scottish lowlands. Located in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, Ceangal House is a new family home built at the heart of a working farm that has operated since the 1600s. Glasgow-based architecture studio Loader Monteith designed the
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A four-story London house, renovated with minimalist and warm interiors. Located in Central London, close to the lively Brick Lane and Spitalfields areas, this terraced house has traditional brick walls and four stories. Local architecture firm Common Ground Workshop renovated the entire building and also continued the ...
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A 19th century brick house, redesigned with warm, minimalist interiors and a sculptural staircase. Boston-based architecture firm Studio J. Jih and San Francisco-based studio Figure have collaborated to complete the renovation of a four-story rowhouse in Boston’s South End. Dating back to the 19th century, the historic building has brick walls and a width of 15 feet. The client commis...
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Two volumes with individually designed windows that open to garden and forest views. Located in a quiet neighborhood in Limburg, Belgium, House HH has a special connection to its natural setting. Before building the structure, a2o architecten carefully restored the natural beauty of the site. Apart from restoring the o...
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An old barn converted into a bright art studio that opens to views of a natural landscape. Built in a tranquil area among trees, right on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England, this old barn offered the perfect opportunity to create the ideal art studi...
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