Destinations

World Tour: Stairways to Heaven

October 18, 2012 by

Grand Staircase at Sydney's Queen Victoria Building (Photograph by Philip Johnson)

There’s just something arresting about a great set of stairs. More than a means to get us where we’re going with a bit of extra effort, when built with a bit of character, they can take on the form of true art, with curves, lines and execution worthy of more than a lingering stare.

Admitted architecture geeks that we are, we decided to take a quick trip around the world (wide web) to gather some of the coolest, lesser-known sets of stairs in public spaces. Sure, you’ve seen pictures ad nauseam of Machu Picchu and The Vatican — and perhaps even the Tara staircase from Gone with the Wind and those plain Philadelphia steps made iconic by the Rocky movies — but today, we’ve rounded up a quintet of less famous yet far more noteworthy flights of fancy worth visiting in person.

Stairs at Opening Ceremony in NYC

Entrance Stairs at Opening Ceremony in NYC

 

Grand Stairs of London City Hall

Grand Stairs of London City Hall

 

Stairs Inside Lello Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

Stairs Inside Lello Bookstore, Porto, Portugal

 

Longchamp Store Stairs in NYC

Longchamp Store Stairs in NYC

 

Photo credits: Red Bubble, Kristel Ann and Furniture Fashion



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