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A case for stairs – Feature staircases in contemporary architecture

Alex Bozikovic published an article in the Globe and Mail recently outlining the rise of feature staircases in modern architecture (pun intended). Once merely afterthoughts, hidden in a dark corner of the building, these features are now becoming more and more important and often are the centrepieces around which new buildings revolve. Far from being just a means to an end (going up the stairs), they have become a central focus, a place of meeting, contemplation and even collaboration in some cases. Here are a few of our favourite staircases…

The "interior tree" staircase seen from outside

student in the double height reading room, facing the feature staircase

People walking down the feature staircase


doublespace architectural photography toronto montreal ottawa

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82-dip-Bibliotheque Raymond Levesque Asselin Jodoin Lamarre Pratte doublespace montreal

The main feature stair and the 6-floor living wall - University of Ottawa Faculty of Social Sciences by Diamond Schmitt

Bird's eye view of the feature staircase at Zaha Hadid Broad Museum, East Lansing Michigan

55-Perkins+Will Engineering V Waterloo Doublespace Toronto Architectural Photography

University of Toronto Rotman School of Management

201303 CJ KAtherine Nature Museum-69-Edit

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