Why floating stairs?
As well as the inherent elegance of floating stairs, they can often lend an individuality to the overall design of a building or space. Floating stairs are often a key component of open plan designs, giving your living or working space a more open and welcoming feel, as well as just generally forming part of a more adventurous architectural vision for a space.
We’ve compiled some of the most interesting examples of floating stairs designs, along with some of our thoughts on what makes them so unique. So scroll down and enjoy!
1. Concrete stairs
This is a bold design from Italian architects’ studio RNDR. The use of concrete for the stairs means that this is a very bespoke design, and has a certain amount of individual flair. It’s not ideal for a family home, or a space with children, but it’s the first on our list because of the brilliant visual contrasts between the hardness of the concrete and the soft bubble tiles which make up the backdrop.
2. The optical illusion
Another Italian design, this time from architect Francesco Librizzi, this wooden floating staircase also has the added effect of lending an optical illusion to the architecture. The tread housing adds to the effect of making it seem as though the staircase is getting larger as you reach the summit.
3. Blue on white
This an excellent example of the simplicity of the floating stair form. From a structural perspective, you can see how floating stairs are a visual companion to the open plan design.
4. Minimal black
Again, the key strength of this design is the colour contrast, with the black stairs adding to the optical illusion of the stairs literally “floating”. The simplicity of the design lends itself to most open-plan domestic spaces, meaning it’s a great source of inspiration for anyone with a mezzanine apartment or flat.
5. Open treads, bright room
The open tread design of this floating stair structure lends itself to the bright design aesthetic of the room overall, as the gaps in the treads allows for more light to penetrate the area behind the stairwell.
6. Open Atrium
This design is similar to the one above, insofar as it is both elegant and simple. In this case, the design has been used to complement an atrium backdrop, with space underneath the stairwell for personal use.
This is arguably one of the most innovative uses of the floating staircase, incorporating the structure as part of a library aesthetic. It’s also useful for storage space in general.
8. Spiral staircase
Spiral floating staircases are a perfect addition to any lobby or open plan space, though their use does require more spatial planning than linear stair patterns. More likely to be found in public spaces, as they are arguably a more cumbersome design for
9. Fluid structure
Again, a great example of a floating stair structure which lends itself to use in a public space. This fluid structure has pride of place in the Hotel Les Haras in Strasbourg and adds a warm, welcome aesthetic to the space.
10. Three story floating treads
An effective design for multi-storey buildings, the right-angle design of the treads makes this design particularly unique, whilst at the same time preserving the simplicity of the floating design.
Again, this very simple twist on the typical floating stair design seems subtle, but has the effect of changing the character of the space around it. In this case, the triangular tread gives this floating stair design a clean and uncluttered look, making the hallway of which it is a part seem welcoming and spacious.