The staircase is one of the oldest architectural elements in history and continues to be one of the most fascinating design aspects in architecture, particularly when designers think outside the box. Stunning and innovative staircases can be found all over the world - in homes, in monuments, outdoors, and more. Essentially anywhere you need to go up, there one is. Some of the earliest stairs come from places like Egypt and China where they were built to get around infrastructure, or by the Romans in places like the Coliseum. The infamous spiral staircase can be dated back almost 3000 years, the oldest of which that is still in tact residing in Rome - pretty cool right?
These are a few incredibly crazy, unique and unusual staircases that have caught our eye recently:
The Longchamp store in New York City's SoHo, designed by Heatherwick Studio.
Beautiful stained glass stairs by Walter Gordinier.
Right at home in Toronto, Frank Gehry's staircase design in the Art Gallery of Ontario.
One way to make room for your books - designed by Levitate Architects.
A glass staircase in Apple's 5th Avenue store in New York City feels like you're walking on air.
The infamous Selaron Steps in Rio de Janeiro. A work of art by a Chilean artist, Jorge Selaron.
The Umschreibung staircase (or infinity staircase) at the KPMG headquarters in Munich, Germany was completed in 2004 and designed by Olafur Eliasson. This staircase is more experiential than it is functional.
You'll only get one foot on each step of this staircase designed by TAF Arkitektkontor.
The Escher-inspired staircases at Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion.
The Sensualscaping Stairs designed by atmos studio. Wouldn't these be amazing to see in a house?
Jordi Vayreda's staircase design - one in which you definitely wouldn't want to slip.
One of the most colourful staircases we've ever seen can be found in the Palais de Congres in Montreal. Looks even better with the light coming through the windows.
Finally, the staircase leading you out of the Vatican Museum in Vatican City. One of the most beautiful spiraling staircases we've seen.