More than just a way to get from floor to floor, a staircase has the potential to be your home’s crowning glory.
A well-designed staircase can completely change the look of a space. Cantilevered from the walls, this staircase wraps around the room, keeping the double-volume atrium free of structures. The slim but sharp silhouette creates an open and airy atmosphere, while projecting a sharp, minimalist vibe. The subtle contrast, seen in the treads and risers of the reinforced concrete stairs finished with timber, adds a sense of sophistication to the look.
Space optimisation is key when you’re designing a staircase for a small space. In this home, the empty space underneath the stairs and landing has been converted into a display shelving unit, providing additional storage space for the family. At the same time, the dark-tone wood on the flooring, treads and risers help join the various spaces together, creating a cohesive and seamless look. The thin black railing also allows the dining and living areas to be visually connected.
Conforming to the narrow floor plan, this staircase has a width that accommodates no more than one person comfortably, and has taller risers. Its unusual proportions and blocky design makes for an eye-catching feature, and wall lights illuminate the treads to enhance this. The designer has also cleverly integrated an understairs cupboard and vanity.
In this loft-style space with an exposed roof and soaring ceilings, the spiral staircase follows the same design language with open-riser steps and pared-down aesthetics. The stark vertical lines of the central post and balusters are softened by the sinuous curve of the handrail.
With a single steel beam as the main support in this monostringer design, the resulting look is clean and modern. When utilising such designs, homeowners need to consider who will be using the stairs regularly, as this industrial look may not be suitable for young children or the accident-prone.
Positioned centrally, this staircase helps zone the open-concept living area. Making full use of its prime spot in front of the windows, it’s designed to be bright and airy. A creative use of the vertical space within is the built-in bookshelf, accessed from the intermediate landing.