Stairways to the Heart.

We earlier submitted a blog about Stairways to Heaven, with a focus on the sculptural objects that they can become. This week we are presenting more staircases that will wind their way into your hearts. Let us know favourite stairs.

Melk Abbey, Austria by Jakob Prandtauer.

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Built as a Benedictine Abbey in 1736, Melk Abbey was designed by Jakob Prandtauer in the Baroque style, with Frescos and an impressive library. The magnificent spiral staircase connects the library and the church.

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Residence in Kurakuen by NRM Architects.


This amazing house with the pool on the first floor terrace overlooks a stream in Japan. A roof terrace with views over the neighbouring properties is accessed via this cantilevered staircase that floats over a shallow pool.



Hewlett House, by MPR Design Group.

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This incredible house in Australia contains a sweeping staircase that connects two sculpted concrete forms. The stair connects three levels, with an organic spiralling movement.

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Copper Staircase Villa Mallorca, by Arup Studio.

Copper staircase, Villa Mallorca. Arup.

This staircase, designed by Arup as an illuminated sculpture and made up of perforated folded copper. Spanning three floors at the heart of the building and creating a visual link throughout the interior.


“The detailed design of the complex structure is based on a limited set of panel types and interface geometries to allow for a consistent appearance and an efficient procurement. The installation is sequenced in such a way that the structural panels interlock with each other and a delicate substructure to minimize visible connections.” Jan Wurm, Arup´s Materials Practice Leader for Europe


Coast Path Staircase, by Gillespie Yunnie Architects.


Creating a route through a naval supply yard in south-west England, this stair cuts through a formerly impregnable wall.


The stairs cantilever off the wall and link Royal William Yard and the public park above, allowing access to ramblers on the South West Coast path in Plymouth.


At night the stairs are illuminated in colour-shifting LED lights. The stairs appear as a dark solid mass, glass viewing panels are concealed behind the high solid sides, giving views of the estuary.


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