X+Living creates the illusion of a myriad of staircases at Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore

Mirrored ceilings and zigzag staircases help form the perplexing interiors of this bookstore in south-west China, which has been designed by architecture studio X+Living. Tucked away from street view, the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore by Shanghai-based X+Living occupies the third and fourth floors of Chongqing‘s Zodi Plaza retail development. As well as providing space for locals […]

Luigi Rosselli Architects adds twisting stair to Sydney’s Peppertree Villa

A dramatic twisting staircase and a spacious conservatory are some of the striking features that Luigi Rosselli Architects has added to this 1920s Sydney home. The house is located in Sydney’s affluent Bellevue Hill neighbourhood and takes its name from a 100-year-old pepper tree that extends up over its roof. Originally built in the 1920s, […]

Guillermo Acuña fronts his remote Chilean retreat with large wooden staircase

Architect Guillermo Acuña has added a wide wooden stair to an old boathouse as part of his self-designed retreat on a remote bluff in Chile. Acuña complete the property on the remote peninsula of Isla Lebe, which is located just off the Chiloe archipelago’s Rilan Bay in the south of Chile. This part of Los […]

Inside-out Anis office block in Nice is covered in outdoor work spaces

Nicolas Laisné Architectes and Dimitri Roussel have turned a traditional office layout inside-out by putting staircases and workstations on the facade of an office in Nice. Called Anis, the office block was designed to improve workplace wellbeing by prioritising outdoor spaces and greenery. The new office sits in the Nice Meridia, the technology district of […]

Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms State Park coloured with rainbow flag for Pride Month 2019

The staircase leading up to the Louis Kahn-designed Four Freedoms State Park in New York City has been covered with a huge rainbow to celebrate Pride Month this year. Large decals, or stickers, temporarily adorn the 24 granite steps that lead to the island’s Four Freedoms monument on Roosevelt Island, which was designed by late American […]

Concrete spiral staircase twists through an open plan office by Hildebrand

A spiral staircase made of concrete rises through the centre of an open-plan office designed by architecture studio Hildebrand in Steinhausen, Switzerland. Winding its way up the building’s four levels, the staircase ends with a large elliptical skylight that brings light into the centre of each floor. Photo is by Erica Overmeer Hildebrand designed the […]

Yellow stairs connect living spaces in Three-Generation House by BETA

Dutch architecture studio BETA has designed a house in Amsterdam for a multi-generational family with a central yellow staircase connecting their separate accommodation. BETA designed the Three-Generation House for a couple with young children who already lived in the city, and their parents who wanted to move in. The architects describe Three-Generation House as a “mini […]

Snøhetta to build Shanghai Grand Opera House with spiral staircase roof

Snøhetta has revealed visuals for a major new opera house in Shanghai, featuring a spiralling stepped roof that will connect the upper levels of the building with a riverside plaza. The architecture and design firm, which was founded in Norway, teamed up with Chinese studio ECADI on its competition-winning design for the Shanghai Grand Opera House. Set to be […]

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