Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Cool stairs

There’s more than one way to build a staircase—not that our local regulators would know about that. (Their motto: “One way and one way only. And do as you’re told.)  Anyway, the Curbly blog has what it calls “ten architecturally wondrous staircases,” only a few of which quite meet the description (though they’re pretty cool) and only three of which would be legal in New Zealand. Possibly.

Here’s my favourite few, with a couple of other additions:






More stairs at StairPorn.Org.

PS: Can you pick which one was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?


  1. Love the tree banister.

    FLW is the very bottom house/steps I think?

  2. My guess is as Tribeless's. Have seen 'em before I think so am guessing that was FLW. That said, I seem to remember a European setting for those and something to do with Sophia Loren so maybe with the StairPorn.org link I am getting incorrect mental association...

    I love the stairs that used the hemp rope for a balustrade - would go well on a housing renovation here in the Docklands.

  3. FLW - I hope it is the second to last one (which looks fantastic to me), but that would be incredible as it looks so sleek and modern.

  4. Did someone say Sophia Loren? You're not completely wrong: there was a hot European starlet sunbathing on the roof deck of the Villa Malaparte; it was Brigitte Bardot.

    But the Villa Malaparte in Capri was not a FLW number: it was designed by Adalberto Libera and his client Curzio Malaparte.

    Surprise: The FLFW stairs are actually number four! Designed in the 1890s for Chicago building The Rookery where Frank and many other young architect colleagues had their downtown offices, and for which Wright re-designed the lobby.

  5. The Double-helix staircase of the Chateau-de-Chambord is a masterpiece - the wife and the mistress could ascend or descend without ever meeting on the stairs :)


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