Stairs with integrated storage by Splyce Design/Build
Here's to the man who invented stairs
And taught our feet to soar!
He was the first who ever burst
Into a second floor.
The world would be downstairs to-day
Had he not found the key;
So let his name go down to fame,
Whatever it may be. Oliver Herford (1863-1935)
I must admit that I have become addicted to a p*rn site- Justin Anthony of Materialicious has founded Stair P*rn, an entire website that is all stairs all the time. We have covered many of them in our Stair of the Week column, but no doubt we will find a lot more here.
Hotel Josef, Prague, by Eva Jiricna Architects
Architects tend to bury stairs in fireproof enclosures and stick them at the end of corridors as required fire exits; in many office buildings (like TreeHugger headquarters in New York) you cannot even get into them without setting off security alarms.
Hanover City Hall
That is why a well designed, attractive and easily accessible stair is so important in good green design; it is healthy for the people in the building, uses no fossil fuels and encourages interaction. See more of them at ::Stair P*rn
A few Stairs of the Week on TreeHugger:
Stair of the Week : Folded Stair by Kevin Low
Stair of the Week : Danger!
Stair of the Week : DNA Stair from Studio P-H-A
Stair of the Week : Alberto Mozó's Demountable Spiral