Cover The stylish gold staircase makes for a dazzling visual statement from the kitchen (Photography: Jasper Yu)

These stunning staircase designs marry form and function beautifully

Staircases can elevate various spaces—in more ways than one. Besides serving as a bridge from one part of the house to another, they’re also a show-stopping visual feature that can even act as a work of art in a multi-storey home.

Go full glamour with a Great Gatsby-esque gold staircase with art deco influences, or opt for a modern, sculptural statement that can become the centrepiece of a house. Ahead, some design inspiration ideas that make these staircases a step above the rest.

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A glass-and-wood staircase with floating steps

A handsome floating staircase that connects the lower floor to the upper level is a striking architectural statement in this Madrid home. Designed by Spanish architect Ramón Esteve, the cosy space took three years to complete. The polished steps are wrapped by frameless glass balustrades, which make the steps appear as if they are floating in mid-air.

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A curved staircase that protrudes from the house

This stunning spiral staircase, conceived by Ming Architects, forms an eye-catching statement in this home. Situated at the intersection of the dining room and pool, the curvaceous feature cuts through the house’s transparent glass walls, drawing one’s eye to the idyllic view outside. 

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“The sculptural spiral staircase is meticulously inserted between the concrete walls as the main vertical circulatory element. It protrudes from the building not just as a design feature—it also maximises space for the family room on the second storey,” Tan Cher Ming, founder of Ming Architects, explains.

“It’s designed for the occupants to feel as if they are traversing outdoors and being very close to the greenery and water as they enter this circulation space.”

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A modern staircase with shelves fitted underneath

Sleek and polished, this staircase is a stylish focal point in this penthouse designed by SuMisura. In designing the staircase, the Singaporean firm considered methods to ensure that every inch of the space is fully optimised. They installed illuminated shelves under the grand staircase, maximising the use of the area whilst adhering to the penthouse’s luxurious and sophisticated palette.

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A spiral staircase with winding curves

A custom-made, sculptural spiral staircase provides glamorous access to the upper level in this Sydney family home. Crafted by renowned Australian designer Greg Natale, the sinuous lines of the curved stairwell presents an interesting visual statement that gently draws the eyes up. 

“The devil is in the details!” says Natale. “We are designers, so it’s our job to really consider every aspect of the interior, to layer a space, and to create atmosphere.”

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A glamorous staircase with a golden screen

Designed by Meta Architecture, this two-and-a-half storey house is connected via a striking staircase that’s framed by a golden metal screen. The glided staircase screen adds visual interest without detracting from the cantilevered steps.

“Composed of vertical metal fins and horizontal metal plates that warp and weft like fabric, the champagne bronze-finished steel screen was designed as both structural support and sculptural object. The composition maximises the effect of light bouncing off the metal reflector plates while maximising structural stiffener pieces to maintain a sense of lightness,” says the firm’s founder and lead architect Adrian Lai.

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A stylish staircase with luminous steps

The illuminated staircase in this bungalow designed by DP Architects is a structural highlight that commands one’s attention instantaneously. Modern and warm, the textural space adds on to the home’s welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The steps comprises of Siena walnut-veneered timber over a structure of folding, 20mm-thick metal plates.

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