2015 Design Trends: The Minimal Floating Staircase


When five o'clock hits we've no problem with encouraging an after work libation.  Especially one enjoyed from the comfort of one's own fully stocked home bar. However, an architectural trend has been gaining in popularity that causes us to pause and evaluate the scenario prior to making our final verdict.  That is, at least, to ask one simple question.

What does your staircase look like?

You see, the growing popularity not just of modern, simplified interior architecture but also a trend towards minimalism has resulted in a trend of death defying proportions - the Minimal Floating Staircase. Balustrades?  Gone.  Treads? Nearly non-existent.  Railings?  Optional.  The escalier at its absolute simplest. Delicate forms meant to serve a dual purpose; to at once elevate the resident to another level and to serve as a functional piece of art.

Aside from the occasional wish to remain on the level on which we entered the residence, we couldn't agree more.

Tell us, what do you think of this architectural trend?

Spamroom - John Paul Cross | Metalwork by Noé Metal & Design | Photo by Ringo Paulusch

Berlin, Germany Disguising the structure's real heft, a folded sheet of steel, painted to blend in with the wall behind, makes up one half of this micro-loft's delicate staircase. Spamroom - John Paul Cross | www.spamroom.net

Sanuki & Nishizawa Architects | Photo by Hiroyki Oki

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Thin steel, a narrow pole, and a near transparent double rail cascade between heavy concrete floors as if it they were nothing more than ribbon caught in a slight breeze. Anh House | Sanuki + Nishizawa Architects | www.splusna.com


Atelier Boronski | Photo by Kei Sugino

Kyoto, Japan The jagged edge of sinuous T-House staircase showcases the art of duality with a heavy concrete spine embedded with free floating treads.  Its rail ending part way ensures the climber plays a supporting role in this production. T House | Atelier Boronski | www.atelier-boronski.com


Maxwan Architects + Urbanists | Photo by Filip Dujardin

Geldermalsen, Netherlands As if supported by Angels, the natural finish oak boards that make up the footholds of this staircase find support from narrow steel rods embedded in the ceiling above.   House G | Maxwan Architects + Urbanists | www.maxwan.nl

Luigi Rosselli Architects | Photo by Justin Alexander

Bronte, NSW, Australia Yin & Yang collide down under, Rosselli's escalier in Bronte contrasting dark against light, heavy against the weightless, and transparency against the opaque. Luigi Rosselli Architects | www.luigiroselli.com

Studio Inches | Photo by Marcelo Villada Ortiz

Minusio, Switzerland Not unlike the Berlin staircase, MeCri's work of art blends nature and industry, lightly washed wood folded against pure white walls and a thick pane of glass. Mother Nature's minimalism. MeCri Museum | Studio Inches - Matteo Inches | www.inches.ch


 Tokyo, Japan Blackened framework provide a foundation for APOLLO's zig-zagging structure, its horizontals filled in by dark finished panels.  Lattice | APOLLO Architects & Associates | www.kurosakisatoshi.com

  Featured Image: A minimal open stairway of blackened steel and concrete in a building by APOLLO Architects & Associates.  Photo by Maseo Nishikawa.


 Brandon Smith, LEED AP is the interior designer turned Founder and Principal Editor of DCoopMedia, a design & luxury lifestyle digital media development firm. With a focus on redefining how the individual defines luxury, Brandon develops content for the firms’ quarterly journal and blog, theTwentySIX,  and moderates the weekly chat on Twitter #DesignLUX (Thursdays at 1pmPT/4pmET).  A lover of details and addicted to Diet Coke, he can often be found on Twitter @dcoopsd or via the blog D’Scoop.


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