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11 Stunning Spiral Staircases

By Kristie Garrell

If any architectural element knows how to make a statement, it’s this one. Check out these 11 stunning spiral staircases in houses, apartments, offices, and retail and hospitality projects around the globe.


1. Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait by Yabu Pushelberg📷

The dramatic spiral staircase coils up a burnt-orange enclosure at one end of the lobby.


2. Qingdao Conference Center by Tengyuan Design📷

In the center’s ceramic-tiled lobby, fiberglass-reinforced gypsum board swirls upward to wrap the staircase enclosure, where porthole-like openings are fitted with transparent vinyl film.


3. Kunshan Residence by Atelier Zerebecky and Kos Architects📷

A grand elliptical staircase connects the three floors of this city house.


4. Mid-19th century Boston townhouse by Steven Harris Architects📷

The central hall staircase is a swooping plaster-surfaced elliptical one with a new window at the landing that looks out to New England foliage.


5. Ideas Lab by X + Living📷

A wrought-iron spiral staircase links the ground level to the observation platforms.


6. Maggie's Center by Steven Holl Architects📷

Bamboo was CNC-milled to form the stair balustrade.


7. Molecure Pharmacy by Waterfrom Design📷

A coppered iron staircase spirals through the center of the pharmacy.


8. University of Sydney Business School by Woods Bagot and Carr Design Group📷

The atrium staircase veneered in eucalyptus is meant to resemble a single, monumental curled wood shaving.


9. Google London Office by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris📷

The staircases and bridges connect office levels with the penthouse restaurant and roof terrace.


10. Christian Dior Seoul Boutique by Peter Marino Architect📷

Monitors looping video art by Yorame Mevorach Oyoram line the stairwell.


11. Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel by AC Martin Partners📷

The sky lobby staircase is on floor 70, paired with Patricia Urquiola sofas.

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