25+ Stunningly Designed Staircases That Are a Step Above All the Rest

Stairs are so commonplace in architecture that you might not give them a second thought. But as evidenced by modern stair design, it’s something that we should pay attention to more. When done well, they transcend their primary function and become sculptural works of art that make ordinary places come alive.

The best staircase design considers both form and space; it utilizes the area that’s available and activates it in a way that leads your eye from the top of the landing, down to the base. The solution doesn’t have to mean giant steps—on the contrary. In a design by Arquitectura en Movimiento, the staircase has a beautiful lyrical quality to it. Constructed with gentle, swooping lines, there are open slots between each of the minimalist steps that provide additional lighting to the rest of the room.

Staircase design can also mean more functionality within your living space, and few do this better than Object lev by Mieke Meijer. Here, the studio combined desk, storage, and shelving into one unit. For a home where space is at a premium, solutions like this are an ingenious way to maximize every inch of usable areas.

Whether grand or compact, staircases showcase the endless design possibilities that exist. Check out some of our favorite examples of the modern staircase below.

Andrew McConnell. Read more: Gorgeous Spiraling Staircase Mimics a Whale’s Spine

storage associati. Read more: Dramatic Staircase Changes Its Appearance Based on Your Perspective

Tron Meyer. Read more: Wooden Spiral Staircase Has Fanning Steps Flowing Into Graceful Form

Mieke Meijer. Read more: Innovative Suspended Stairs Double as All-In-One Workspace

Cousins & Cousins

Kazunori Fujimoto Architect & Associates

Roberto Murgia and Valentina Ravara

Edouard Brunet and François Martens

Photo: Hanne Fuglbjerg

TAF arkitektkontor

Heatherwick Studio

Treppen & Bauelemente Schmidt GmbH