Stairs. They get us up. They get us down. And they're often so much more beautiful than nature ever intended them to be. Here are 13 reasons you may learn to appreciate the humble stair.
They get us up. They get us down. And they look damn good doing it. For this week's Shooting Challenge, we celebrate the staircase.
Here's a great space-saving idea for anyone living in a small home with multiple floors who also happen to be incredibly sure-footed. Mieke Meijer's designed this completely unorthodox staircase called the Object Élevé for a home in the Netherlands to maximize space, functionality, and wow factor.
The Elastic Perspective by NEXT Architects offers a handsome hillside perch for a view of nearby Rotterdam, Holland. The steel structure is also a kind of "impossible staircase"—a Möbius strip-like illusion that tricks visitors into thinking the stairs aren't actually there. [NEXT Architects]
Apparently, stunning views of one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in the world aren't enough for visitors of the Dachstein Glacier resort in Austria. So the facility has installed a 14-step 'staircase to nothing' leading to a glass-bottomed viewing platform that juts out from the side of the glacier, and a…
There is something weird and mysterious about stairways that don't go anywhere, and yet they're surprisingly common: inside and outside old buildings, among demolished walls, in big cities and small villages, or in artists' imaginations. They get your mind going, spurring you to imagine secret places and invisible…
A spiral staircase is a gorgeous feature of this Beirut home. And .PSLAB has made the gem even better, by adding a modern circular chandelier above it.
The World Police and Firefighters Games 2011 happened last week in New York. They came from all over the world to compete but also to celebrate the heroism of these people who save lives risking their own every single day.
Located in North East England, this escalator opens up to something that looks strikingly from Space Invaders. I'd probably say pew pew every time I exited the tunnel. [Faces in Places]
This is crazy. During John Stewart and Steven Colbert's 'Rally to Restore Sanity' event in Washington DC, an escalator in a Metro station went completely buckwild. Like to the shits. I'm not kidding, the escalator started speeding up and tossing people on top of each other. Just watch. The ridiculousness starts…
The secret stairs bookcase was clever and beautiful. This climbing library is clever and beautiful and comfy. Like the stair bookcase, you can go up and down, but you can also use it to lay down and read comfortably.
There's nothing fancy about this idea for a home theater, but it's a very clever way to save space in a small house, using the dead space under the stairs to store a ton of tech gear.
The guys at Oddee have put together a list of 12 of the most "creative" staircases that designers have conjured up. Creative...yes. Deadly...you bet.
I'm a stair-taker because elevators and escalators give me nightmares, but for all those lazy folks who don't have fear motivating them to take the steps, there are these piano stairs. How could you not want musical accompaniment like that?
Not only can you possibly slip off the side and cut a gash in your face on these crazy tread stairs, you could slip and fall crotch first onto the middle bar.
At the request of his children, London architect Alex Michaelis installed a slide next to the staircase in their new eco-friendly dream home.
Rich wine nerds have a wine cellar. Very, very rich wine nerds install a door in their kitchen floor leading to a spiral staircase surrounded by wine, which is the coolest wine cellar ever.
Ruth Amos, an 18-year-old student from the UK, has come up with a simple and ingenious device for helping the elderly hobble their way up stairs with as little chance of hip-breakage as possible. Dubbed the StairSteady, it's essentially a bar that one can hold onto as they walk up the stairs, moving up or down with…