Quite the Climb: Amazing Modern Staircases

Let’s all be thankful that after eating far more turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes than anyone ever really should, most of us don’t have to climb a never-ending series of steps to crawl into bed for a midwinter’s nap. In homage to the act of burning calories, though — something we’ll all get to… oh, perhaps tomorrow or the next day — we present six amazing modern staircases, each a work of art on its own.  Every one in the collection is a critical study in balance and form; cantilevers and helix shapes dominate the currently flotation-obsessed landscape of contemporary stairs, causing more than a moment or two of hesitation before we suspend our disbelief rather literally and step onto them.  These optical illusions may require a strong leap of faith along with each timid step, but we’re willing to bet the view from the top is completely worth the climb.

glass stairs

DNA Stairs by DNAStairs


cool staircases

Modern Staircase by John Maniscalco Architecture


cantilevered stairs

Yellow Cantilevered Stairs by Ronstan


floating stairs

Modern Staircase Design by Lawrence Architecture


floating staircase

Floating Stairs by Guido Ciompi


amazing staircase

Modern Spiral Staircase by Christian Siller