The M.C. Escher style staircase in Netflix’s hit show, Squid Game, is one of the show’s most striking and memorable visuals. These staircases around the world share their eerie maze-like vibe... only they don’t lead to deadly games

Chand Baori, Rajasthan, India

Chand Baori is one of the oldest and most visually stunning landmarks in Rajasthan, northwest India. Built between 800 and 900 A.D., the ancient structure comprises roughly 3,500 steps over 16 storeys that extend 100 feet into the ground. 

Chand Baori and its stairs have been featured in a number of Hollywood films, perhaps most notably The Dark Knight Rises.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea

The stunning Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul was designed by famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.  

Inside the futuristic building, a long spiral staircase that leads from the basement to the fourth floor which, when viewed from the top, resembles a maze-like structure.  

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Muralla Roja, Manzanera, Calpe, Spain

Muralla Roja is a postmodern apartment complex that sits along the Mediterranean coastline in Calpe, Spain. It is designed in the style of a fortress from the middle ages, but with contemporary design elements like clean-cut geometric shapes and blocks of colour including red, pink and blue. 

Completed in 1973, Marulla Roja was designed by renowned Spanish architect, Ricardo Bofill—famous for La Fábrica, a former cement factory he repurposed into his Taller de Arquitectura studio and family home. 

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The Vessel, New York City, USA

This interactive artwork in New York City's Hudson Yards was imagined by English designer Thomas Heatherwick. 

Comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs, comprising almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings, The Vessel was designed and built so visitors can enjoy unique perspectives of the city from different heights, angles and vantage points.

Zhongshuge Bookstore, Chonqing, China

Built in 2020, the Zhongshuge Bookstore in Chongqing, China was actually inspired by M.C. Escher’s iconic 1953 lithograph, Relativity.

Just like the famous lithograph, the features a series of interconnected staircases that, paired with the assortment of colours from the bookshelves and a large ceilinged mirror, adds chaos to enhance the feeling of an optical illusion.

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