As an editor, there are many designs that I respect, but that are anathema to my personal taste. One of those is floating stairs. Don’t get me wrong—they’re beautiful, but I just can’t handle the idea of walking up them. Maybe I’ll fall off of them sideways? Maybe I’ll slip somehow, and shoot out of the empty vertical space above each tread where there would ordinarily be some sort of barrier? It’s too risky. I can barely even look at the minimalist designs without imagining sliding to my death. But if anything were to change my structure-loving nature, it would be these floating staircases.
I’m kind of cheating, since this staircase certainly has vertical risers, but if this cantilevered design—outside Osler House by Brazil’s Studio MK27 and spotted on Inthralld—isn’t floating, I don’t know what is.
An historic two-story apartment in Paris was remodeled with a floating stairwell that appears to curve around the room’s 90-degree walls. Designed by French architecture firm École, the treads are supported by steel beams sunk into the wall.