ISSUE 94  |  Handyman Special

10 Space-Saving Modern Spiral Staircases

October 16, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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It’s a familiar remodeling conundrum: how to integrate a staircase when square footage is limited? It was our biggest challenge when we overhauled our house a few years ago. At the time, I associated spiral stairs with poorly thought-out, slapdash remodels. But if I’d seen these graceful solutions, I might have reconsidered.

Above: In a Sao Paulo micro apartment (36 square meters), Brazilian architect Alan Chu added a sculptural steel spiral staircase. Photos by Djan Chu via Dezeen.

Above: A spiral staircase wraps around a column in this Kyoto house by Hideyuki Nakayama Architect, via Architonic.

Above: A wooden spiral staircase in House K in Tokyo by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, via ArchDaily.

Above: A stairway from the Threefold House by Japanese firm Takao Shiotsuka Atelier.

Above: A modern wooden staircase in a renovation of a historical apartment by Porto, Portugal, firm Ezzo. Photo by Alexandre Delmar.

Above: A spiral staircase in the Jansson apartment in Stockholm by Sandell Sandberg Architects.

Above: A spiral staircase in House K in Kanagawa, Japan, by Studio 2A, via Design Boom.

Above: A white spiral staircase in a project by Tokyo-based Apollo Architects & Associates.

Above: A gently curved staircase by Frankfurt-based FFM Architekten.

Above: A modern sculptural spiral staircase, via Alexander van Berge.

Above: A standard-issue spiral staircase painted white becomes sculpture in a double-height space designed by NYC-based architect David Hotson.

So how did we solve the staircase riddle in our remodel? See the clever oak and raw steel staircase that Jerome Buttrick designed for us on page 5 of Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.