Sunday, December 20, 2009

Most Creative Indoor Staircases

Realisation Staircase

This modern staircase was made from a 10mm thick metal sheet. Each of the adjoining steps is connected with a slanting external side beam that forms a bracket attached to the wall. With a concept of a delicate rippling ribbon is definitely one of the most unique and thinnest staircases ever seen. It was created by HSH and it is now in one the contemporary houses in Liben, Prague. Although this original piece might look fragile, each of its brackets is constructed as a firm frame, so it is sturdy enough to carry weights.

Slide Staircase

This creative slide next to the staircase was designed by London architect Alex Michaelis at the request of his children. Not only it adds originality but a lot of fun to their new eco-friendly dream home. In the picture, one of the children throwing caution to the wind and diving head first down the slide. According to Michaelis even grown-ups can't resist skipping the stairs. "We've been known after a big dinner party to use the slide”, he said. Creativity, originality and fun, what a perfect combination!

Suspended Staircase

Now, that is an awesome staircase! These original "floating" stairs were designed by Florence architect Guido Ciompi for The Gray Hotel in Milan, Italy.Thumbs up for the designer!

Samlot Staircase

From the looks of these stairs, created by Spanish designer Jordi Vayreda, you might think only cats could make it to the top. They certainly don't look like they'd support the weight of a human. But, Vayreda confirms that they can support 200 kilograms (over 440 pounds). “Steel is the material which we use to construct the staircases, 100 mm thick and each of them is welded to a 250 mm thick beam."

Glass Staircase

Check out these glass stairs. Forget about scuff marks and smudges, these are so cool!

Staircase at XXS House

What is so special about this staircase? Well, the design required remarkably little material and still functions as a regular set of stairs. It was created by Architect Dekleva Gregoric's for an eXtra-eXtra-Small house located in a little historic town in Slovenia. Its dimensions were dictated by law to fall within the measurements of the preexisting house on the site, leaving just 43m-sq (approx 460ft-sq) of potential space. If good things come in small packages, then the XXS house is as good as it gets!

Bookshelf Staircase

This “secret' staircase” belongs to a London Victorian apartment, where it is hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. It was designed by Tom Sloan at Levitate Architects, who came up with a neat solution to a storage problem .

Floating Staircase

Those two amazing sets of stairs are from the Didden Village project by Dutch architectural firm MVRDV. The project itself is a rooftop addition in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Space-saving Staircase

These steep and narrow stairs occupy a space hardly bigger than a closet, and were made of economical pine boxes. When designing it, creative Swedisharchitects at Stockholm-based TAF Architect Office, went for both an aesthetically pleasing and affordable creation.

Rolling Staircase

This spiral staircase appears to lead to nowhere as it was installed as a part of Milan's exposition aimed to show that decor objects can be artworks.The 'Rolling', designed by Roberto Semprini for Edilco, draws inspiration from the ergonomic forms of natural rocks smoothed by water. The stairs look like giant river stones, but they are actually concrete blocks polished to perfection.

Hanging Staircase

Take a look at these treads that don't even touch. Anglo-Canadian architects Christopher Blencowe and Judith Levine seem to have taken the phrase "tread lightly" literally with this design. This really looks like an interesting solution to a standard problem in renovations and additions. Doesn't it?

Foldable Staircase

This originality was thought not only as a foldable staircase but as a ‘redefined door'. According to its creator, industrial designer Aaron Tang, it is “an element of a wall that allowed passageway to another environment when opened and restricted passageway when closed”. Using just hinges and pistons, thestaircase can fold up a wall to expand space on the lower level or restrict access to the upper level. It was designed to be closed or opened from upstairs and downstairs.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Awesome Skyscraper Urban Forest In Chongqing China

The Urban Forest, which is the new project of architect MAD, will be built in the heart of city Chongqing, China. The structure of the skyscraper was inspired by mountainous Chinese landscapes and the traditional villages. It is made up of curved, abstracted shaped floors, which have been layered slightly off-center from one another.

Here are some pictures of this awesome skyscraper; it looks a bit crazy but no doubt this is a great design.

Friday, December 11, 2009

$4.25 Million Pinecrest Home Manages What Miami Can’t

Only a few miles south-west of Miami, this $4.25 million real estate in Pinecrest has an abundance of what waterfront properties lack — actual land. With almost one-and-a-quarter acres of landscaped real estate, the 8,700-square-foot home has plenty of room to spread out into a 4-car garage, a large swimming pool and etc. The 7-bed/9-bath home has his-and-hers master bathrooms, marble and hardwood floors, a media room and a wine cellar with floor-to-ceiling bottle storage. Check the gallery below after the jump.

10 Amazing Staircases Around the Globe

Spiral Stair (Australia)

Fascinating spiral stairs at Garvan Institute in Sydney, Australia. 6.5 revs and five stories from top to bottom.

Spiral Staircase at the Vatican Museum (Italy)

The Vatican Museums spiral staircase is one of the most photographed in the world, and certainly one of the most beautiful. Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, the broad steps are somewhere between a ramp and a staircase. The stairs are actually two separate helixes, one leading up and the other leading down, that twist together in a double helix formation. Little did the Vatican Museum know in 1932 that this formation would come to represent life itself, with the discovery of the double helical DNA strand.

Loretto Chapel Staircase (USA)

The Loretto Chapel is a chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, known for its unusual spiral staircase that is an exceptional work of carpentry. The construction and builder of the staircase are considered a miracle by the Sisters of Loretto and many who visit it, because it had no central support (a support was added later). The resulting staircase is an impressive work of carpentry. It ascends twenty feet, making two complete revolutions up to the choir loft without the use of nails or apparent center support. It has been surmised that thecentral spiral of the staircase is narrow enough to serve as a central beam. Nonetheless there was no attachment unto any wall or pole in the original stairway. Instead of metal nails, the staircase was constructed using dowels or wooden pegs. The wood for the staircase cannot be found anywhere in the region. The stairs had 33 steps, the age of Jesus when he died. The mystery had never been satisfactorily solved as to who the carpenter was or where he got his lumber, since there were no reports of anyone seeing lumber delivered or even seeing the man come and go while the construction was being done. Since he left before the Mother Superior could pay him, the Sisters of Loretto offered a reward for the identity of the man, but it was never claimed.

Tulip Staircase at the Queen's House (England)

The elegant Tulip Stairs in the Queen's House are the first geometric self-supporting spiral stairs in Britain. Although called the 'Tulip Stairs,' it is thought that the stylized flowers in the wrought-iron balustrade are actually fleurs-de-lis, as this was the emblem of the Bourbon family of which Queen Henrietta Maria (wife of Charles I) was a member. The Tulip Stairs are also the location of the Rev R. W. Hardy's famous 'ghost' photograph taken on 19 June 1966, which when developed revealed what appear to be two or three shrouded figures onthe staircase.

Staircase at Lello Bookshop (Portugal)

This interesting grand staircase in Lello Bookshop in Portugal stands ominous and heavy. The steps are like two channels pouring and swirling to a single point. The side view gives you a closer idea of the immense curves and giddy sinking feeling to each step.

San Francisco's Tiled Steps - World's Longest Mosaic Stair (USA)

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, perhaps the world's longest mosaic staircase (163 steps, 82' high), was conceived and fabricated by Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr and San Francisco mosaic artist Colette Crutcher. Over a two and a half year period, a tireless group of neighbors raised funds and lobbied city government to make the project, unveiled in August 2005, a reality. Over 2000 handmade tiles and 75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass went into the finished piece, located at 16th Ave. and Moraga, in San Francisco.

"Umschreibung" at KPMG Building Munich (Germany)

This artistic staircase designed by Olafur Eliasson is called Umschreibung (Rewriting), and was completed in 2004. It's in the courtyard of the global accounting firm KPMG in Munich.

Stairs at the Longchamp Store (New York)

Constructed in 1¼” hot-rolled steel and taking six months to be built, the stair landscape weighs 55 tons and is an installation of ribbon-like forms that divide and converge to form a topography of walkways, landings and steps.

Vertigo Staircase at the QVB Building (Australia)

This image shows “The Grand Staircase" of Sydney's Grand Queen Victoria Building. This building, now affectionately known as the QVB, was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the originalSydney markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, construction took place in dire times, as Sydney was in a severe recession. The elaborate Romanesque architecture was specially planned for the grand building so the Government could employ many out-of-work craftsmen – stonemasons, plasterers, and stained window artists – in a worthwhile project.

Bridge-stair at the Traversinertobel (Switzerland)

The bridge over the Traversinertobel, a side valley of the Via Mala, is the latest structure of this kind designed by engineer Jürg Conzett and his associate Rolf Bachofner . They solved the problem of connecting two different elevations over the gorge by creating a staircase.The staircase replaces a rope bridge for hikers that was wiped out by a rock slide. This suspended footbridge spans a distance of 56 metres, with a difference in height of 22 metres between the two ends.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

12 Outstanding Wall Paintings

The Balcons de Barcelona is a mural of 450 m2 on a dividing wall of a building, where by means of the technique of trompe-l'oeil, it imagines a group of outstanding personalities in the life of the city at different times from his history such as Joaquim Blume, Cristóbal Colón, Santiago Rusiñol, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and many others. It was created in 1992.

On the wall of the changing room at the "Peeping Tom" beach, in Tel Aviv. This beach is named after the famous Israeli movie Metzitzim (Peeping Toms, 1972). --thanks Liz!

A street artist who works with abstract forms consistent with typical graffiti vocabulary and vertical surfaces that are highly taggable, Daim adds a vivid three-dimensionality to his work that makes it seems to pop off the wall before your very eyes. He has worked in spray paint but has also used virtual reality devices to craft amazing three dimensional works in virtual space.

A 1.000m2 mural art made by artist Eduardo Kobra in one of São Paulo’s main avenue (23 de maio Av.)

This mural is on Agrippa's street in Jerusalem, right next to the shuknion, down the street form the Ben Yehudah outdoor market --thanks again Liz!