Some stairs stretch the limits of human imagination, says Eva Jiricna, architect and author of Staircases. “Sometimes it is the technical knowledge that sweeps us off our feet, another time the appearance, the form, materials, or specific detailing,” she writes. One set of stairs that accomplishes all of the above: The Ribbon Stairs. This modern staircase, resembling a delicate rippling ribbon, resides in the main living area of a house in Libeñ, Prague, in the Czech Republic. It might appear fragile, but the steps are engineered solid - constructed from 10mm-thick sheet metal.
Other staircases are more memorable for their singularly lavish features. To wit: The 56,500-square foot Spelling Manor, recently snatched up by heiress Petra Ecclestone. The palatial Holmby Hills mega-home touts a grand set of steps resembling the famous stairs from Hollywood classic, Gone With The Wind. The sweeping double staircase elegantly frames a grand entryway and features gold-colored detailing on the face of each step. The home, which has its own dog grooming room, movie theater and salon was on the market for $150 million dollars before being sold to Ecclestone.
Here are some homes with amazing staircases:
Ribbon Staircase, The Czech Republic
The Cells®, France
The Mindstep, United Kingdom
Hidden Passageways, Location Not Disclosed
Spelling Manor Stairs, Los Angeles
Bookcase Staircase, England
Floating Staircase, Spain
On Cavallo, Off the Coast of Corsica
Staircase Slide, England
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