For the Love of Stairs

Apartament P1 / MAP/MX

On this day of love, we bring you a compilation of eye candy capable of meeting or exceeding the specifications of any architect. These seductive staircases demand a double take. From curvaceous to straightforward or no-strings-attached (literally), we’ve got something for everyone.

They’re yours to gaze at after the break.

Vertebrae Staircase / Andrew McConnell

Courtesy of Andrew McConnell

Inspired by the spine of a whale, the Vertebrae  is not simply mimicry of organic form but an exploration in shaping structure. Much of the design work went into refining the single component, or vertebra, that mate with each other creating a unified spine running from floor plate to floor plate. These interlocking vertebrae create a rigid and self-supporting structure.

More on Andrew McConnells ‘Vertebrae Staircase’ after the break.

Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

© FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architects: Alvaro Leite Siza
Client: Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
Location: Lugar das Carvalhinhas – Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
Site Area: 1000 sqm
Constructed Area: 180 sqm
Contractor: Óscar Gouveia
Landscape: Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
Materials: Concrete
Services: GOP
Project Start: 2000
Project Complete: 2005
Photographers: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Saxo Bank / 3XN

Danish architects just sent us their latest finished project, a building for an online bank. This building was finished 4 years after winning an international competition back in 2004.

I like how the central stair adds dynamism to the interior, enhancing vertical relations.

Architect´s description, photos and drawings below:

Architect: 3XN
Engineer: Rambøll
Address: Philip Heymans Allé, 2900 Hellerup,
Client: Carlsberg Properties / Saxo Bank
Award: 1st prize in invited international competition 2004
Size: 16,000 m2 + 6,700 m2 basement
Completion: 2006-2008
Budget: DKK212m / €28,4m

House at Rua Alabarda / Affonso Risi

Architects: Affonso Risi Architect
Location: Sao Paulo,
Collaborators: William T.S.Miyagui, Frederico Sabella & Lucas Bittar
Constructed Area: 281 sqm
Photographs: Paulo Risi

DogA / JSA

Architects: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Location: Oslo,
Design Period: 2002-2004
Construction period: 2003-2004
Client: Aspelin Ramm / Norwegian Design and Architecture Centre
Project Architects: Jan Olav Jensen (pl), Børre Skodvin, Siri Moseng, Torunn Golberg, AnneLise Bjerkan, Kaja Poulsen, Torstein Koch, Thomas Liu
Landscape Architect: In´By
Static Consultant: Hanes & Instanes AS
Budget: 5.000.000 EURO (US $6.56 millions)
Constructed Area: 3,000 sqm

Manresa City Hall / BailoRull ADD+ Arquitectura

Architects: ADD+ Arquitectura – Manuel Bailo Esteve, Rosa Rull Bertran
Location: Manresa,
Collaborators: J. Maroto, N. Canas, N. Font, E. Grammont, M. Hita, A. Mañosa, A. Marin, M. Rull, J. Palá, M. Berasategui, M. Camallonga, A. Rovira
Structure: M. Cabestany
Budget: US $1,301,558
Project year: 2005-2006
Construction year: 2006-2007

We’d like to thank the photographer Duccio Malagamba for shearing with us this great photo set. We invite you all to visit his website to see some other projects.

Armani Fifth Ave. / Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas

Architect: Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
Location: New York,
Programme: Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Armani Casa, Armani Dolci, Armani Ristorante
Design Team: Sara Bernardi, Alfio Faro, Andrea D’Antrassi, Chiara Marchionni, Rossella Mastronardi
Furniture Design: Ana Gugic, Farshid Tavakolitehrani, Lucrezia Rendace
Model Makers: Nicola Cabiati, Lucrezia Rendace, Jaim Telias
3D Model & Render: Giuseppe Zaccaria, Jaim Telias, Stratos Christofidellis, Valerio Romondia, Giorgos Machairas
Construction year: 2007-2009
Lighting Consultant: Speirs & Major Associates
Project Consultant on Site: Davide Stolfi
Structural Engineering: Gilberto Sarti
Client: Gruppo Giorgio Armani
Art Work: Mimmo Paladino
Site Area: 7.000 sqm
Constructed Area: 2.500 sqm
Photographs: Studio

Russel Hill Road / gh3

Architects: gh3
Location: Toronto, Ontario,
Design Team: Pat Hanson, Anthony Provenzano
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick
General Contractor: Jens Nielsen
Project year: 2006-2007
Budget: US $500,000
Constructed Area: 185.8 sqm
Photographs: Ben Rahn

Koidula Apartment Building / 3+1 Architects

Architects: 3+1 Architects
Location: Tallinn,
Architects in charge: Markus Kaasik, Andres Ojari, Ilmar Valdur & Merjer Müürisepp
Garden Design: atelier le balto / Marc Pouzol, Véronique Faucheur, Chloé Sanson
Project Year: 2002-2004
Construction Year: 2004-2005
Constructed area: 694 sqm (renovation) / 1,267 sqm (extension)

Tree house / Sander Architects

Architects: Sander Architects
Location: Wilmington, Delaware,
Project Year: 2002-2004
Construction Year: 2004-2006

H&M Store in Barcelona / Estudio Mariscal

Edtudio Mariscal did a complete work for H&M in Barcelona: Architecture, lighting, furniture, graphics… even the shopping bags.

Client: H&M
Architecture, interiors and graphic design: Estudio Mariscal
Location: c/ Portal de l’Àngel 22, Barcelona,
Area: 1.720 m2
Year: 2008
Contractor: Dula Bau
Furniture and commercial equipment: Dula Ibérica
Structural engineering: nb35

TKTS Booth / Perkins Eastman, Choi Ropiha

Concept Design: Choi Ropiha
Design Development & Executive Architects: Perkins Eastman
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Principal material: Glass
Footprint Area: 79 sqm
Stairs Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Copyright Paúl Rivera/ArchPhoto

Rota House / Manuel Ocaña Arquitectos

This project contemplates the refurbishment of an old house, on which the client wanted a swimming pool. The result is amazing, with a vertical space bringing daylight to the inner spaces, ending on a pool on the first level.

Architects: Manuel Ocaña Arquitectos
Location: Madrid,
Collaborators: Roberto González García, Lucía Martínez, Sebastian Camacho
Promoter: C.R.
Project year: 2006
Constructued Area: 163 sqm
Budget: 130.000 EURO (US $177.112)
Photographs: Miguel de Guzman