Guest post: Stunning Stairs, Part Two!

A few weeks ago, photographer and longtime creative Jennifer Koskinen joined us here on the ML blog and shared her love of stairs. She’s back today with more photos and thoughts that give new meaning to the architectural form we use everyday.

Smaller sets of stairs can help create a hierarchy within overlapping or connected spaces, permitting architects and designers to work with more open plans while establishing different spatial zones. While we may not think about it consciously, even taking just a few steps up or down to more public or private spaces within a home is a transition we feel on a real, albeit subtle, level.

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Private residence in Mountain Village, CO, by Sefra Maples Interior Design and Stidd Silver Designs

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Private residences in Mountain Village, CO, by One Architects

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Private residence in Telluride, CO, by One Architects

When a stair is given a celebrated place within a home, it becomes a natural place to display artwork, sculpture, or even for storage, such as bookshelf nooks above (and below) the stair itself.

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Left: Private residence in Telluride, CO, by One Architects | Right: Private residence in Mountain Village, CO, by Sefra Maples Interior Design and Stidd Silver Designs

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Left: Private residence in Telluride, CO, by Marla F. Croke Architecture | Right: Private residence in Ski Ranches, CO, by One Architects

Carving out a section of the floor for a staircase presents an opportunity to carry natural light deeper into lower levels of a home.  This can be accentuated with an open stair, and even more so with treads made of a translucent material such as glass or resin.

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Left: Private residence in Denver, CO, by Architectural Workshop | Right: Private residence in Ski Ranches, CO, by One Architects

Finally, stairs, when designed well, can be the ultimate place to express the material, detail and design identity of a home.
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Left: Private residence in Telluride, CO, by Jim Hardy, Architects | Right: Private residence in Mountain Village, CO, by One Architects

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Private residence in Telluride, CO, by Jim Hardy, Architects

Happy climbing!
All photos © Jennifer Koskinen | merrittdesignphoto.com