Stairs and ladders have been around since prehistoric times arguably they are one of the oldest builds in architectural history, first emerging as a solution to a problem, their function to establish a connection between two spaces on different levels. These day’s staircases are a long way from merely functional, these innovative staircases or alternatives below are interactive, activity based and in some cases architecturally striking, proving that the staircase is no longer just a means to an end.
The Staircase Slide
Arguably the most enjoyable way to travel from upstairs down, these staircase slides are sure to keep not only the children entertained.
London architect Alex Michaelis designed this staircase with a slide from wood, which is a pure fusion of functionality and fun.
Korean architecture firm ‘Moon Hoon’ were hired to design this home modern family home in Korean, central to the home’s design is the staircase that is designed to accommodate a variety of children’s activities, alongside the usual staircase for adults the children they have built in book cases on each step and a slide adjoining, so they can play and read all at the same time.
This designer bypassed steps entirely when it came to travelling downstairs in his Manhattan apartment. The tubular slide is made from steel shoots and travels through a whole four storeys in this penthouse apartment in New York. Situated in Lower Manhattan, the slide starts at the top of the penthouse apartment in the attic room, travellers climb into a circular hole before plummenting through the polished stainless steel slide, they can choose to exit at the next floor where the slide briefly stops or they can continue downwards through the next three floors where they arrive in the apartment living room.
When architects in Oporto, Portugal needed to utilise space in a two-floor apartment they included a large hammock set over the staircase in their design. Architects OODA designed the staircase hammock so it could be accessed from the second floor, the hammock over looks the balcony window so you can enjoy the view whilst you lie back and relax, although it maybe not for the fearful of heights.
This aquarium staircase was designed by Diapo’s designers, the stairs wrap around the 4m diameter by 15 meter high aquarium, the aquarium staircase concept was part of a project for UK firm ‘Julian Hunter Architects’. The helical glass staircase allows you to enjoy the aquarium as you ascend or descend the stairs. The staircase aquarium was made using 40mm thick toughened laminated glass for a private client near to the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
The Wine Storage Staircase