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The Wood Exterior Of This Home Hides A Remarkable Blue Staircase Inside

The Wood Exterior Of This Home Hides A Remarkable Blue Staircase Inside

Architecture firm OPA has designed a modern home in San Francisco, California, for an entrepreneur and an artist.

Impacted by the neighborhood groups that restricted its envelope and appearance, the house wears a mask to hide the architectural freedoms within.

A modern home with a wood exterior and bay windows.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

The cedar board screened exterior flows around the bay window and covers the entire front face.

A modern home with a wood exterior and bay windows.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

A closer look at the wood exterior shows that each piece has been designed to allow the window behind to be partially seen.

A modern wood exterior made from cedar boards.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

Inside, the wood disappears and you’re immediately aware of the blue staircase that connects the various levels of the home.

A modern home with a pastel blue staircase.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

Some areas of the concrete floor have been painted to match the pastel blue staircase, creating a unique design element.

A modern home with a pastel blue staircase and painted floor.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

The blue zone of the interior resulted from extensive color studies and mock-ups in collaboration with the artist client.

A modern home with a pastel blue staircase.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

The facets and fluctuating light conditions at the stair combine to make color perception unstable.

A modern home with a pastel blue staircase.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

Other areas of the home include the living room, which takes advantage of the bay windows, and has a mesh ceiling.

A modern home with a pastel blue staircase.
Photography by Joe Fletcher
A modern home with a pastel blue staircase, and a living room with a high ceiling and bay window.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

The open plan kitchen and dining room includes high ceilings, as well as light wood and stainless steel cabinets.

This modern open plan kitchen and dining room includes high ceilings, as well as light wood and stainless steel cabinets.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

The stairs which contrast the surrounding white walls, also lead to the bedrooms.

A modern house interior with a pastel blue staircase.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

The first bedroom has a custom-designed angled wood bed frame that allows the bed to be level.

A modern bedroom with a custom designed angled wood bed frame that allows the bed to be level.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

Another bedroom, which can be hidden from view by a curtain hung from the ceiling, has angled wood that wraps around the head of the bed.

A modern bedroom, which can be hidden from view by a curtain hung from the ceiling, has angled wood that wraps around the head of the bed.
Photography by Joe Fletcher
A modern bedroom, which can be hidden from view by a curtain hung from the ceiling, has angled wood that wraps around the head of the bed.
Photography by Hufton + Crow

A skylight fills the top level of the home with natural light, while a small sitting area looks out the window onto the neighborhood.

A skylight fills the top level of this modern home with natural light, while a small sitting area looks out the window onto the neighborhood.
Photography by Joe Fletcher

Outside, in the private rear garden, the transformative qualities of paint are used in a different way, camouflaging the rear neighbor’s house with dazzle painting.

A modern home with a small rear garden that raised up creating room for a built-in bench.
Photography by Hufton + Crow
Architecture firm: OPA | Contractor: Forsythe General Contractors | Structural: Buro Happold | Landscape: OPA | Planting: Delphine Huetz-Cozzolino

Lighting Under The Stair Treads Creates An Impressively Illuminated Staircase

Lighting Under The Stair Treads Creates An Impressively Illuminated Staircase

Ukrainian architecture and interior design firm SVOYA studio, has completed the design of a home for their clients, and as part of their project, they designed a staircase with lighting under the edge of the stair treads.

These modern wood stairs have a tread with an overhang (or nosing) that extends past the riser, allowing room for a thin strip of lighting to be attached to the underneath surface. #Stairs #StairsWithLighting #StairDesign #HiddenLighting

The wood stair tread has an overhang (or nosing) that extends past the riser, allowing room for a thin strip of LED lighting to be attached underneath.

By including this lighting element in the design of the stairs, the homeowners can easily use the stairs and see where they’re going, whether it’s daytime or nighttime.

These modern wood stairs have a tread with an overhang (or nosing) that extends past the riser, allowing room for a thin strip of lighting to be attached to the underneath surface. #Stairs #StairsWithLighting #StairDesign #HiddenLighting
Photography by Alexander Angelovskiy

An Artistic White Spiral Staircase Adds Modern Elegance To This Apartment In Paris

An Artistic White Spiral Staircase Adds Modern Elegance To This Apartment In Paris

Designed by ART QAD architectes and developed by EeStairs, this artistic white spiral staircase was introduced to a historic mid-19th century apartment in Paris, France, as a way of adding a modern touch and connecting the living space to the master bedroom.

This Parisian apartment features an artistic white spiral staircase with organic cell-like shapes for the balustrade. #SpiralStaircase #WhiteSpiralStairs #WhiteStaircase #SculpturalStairs #ArtisticStairs

The artistic appearance of the spiral stairs is due to the organic cell-like pattern that follows the stairs and acts as the railing. The white painted metal wraps around the outside edge of the stairs, creating a seamless look.

This Parisian apartment features an artistic white spiral staircase with organic cell-like shapes for the balustrade. #SpiralStaircase #WhiteSpiralStairs #WhiteStaircase #SculpturalStairs #ArtisticStairs
Photography by Hans Morren

An Exterior Spiral Staircase Was Covered In Wood Slats To Match The Rest Of This House

An Exterior Spiral Staircase Was Covered In Wood Slats To Match The Rest Of This House

Exterior spiral stairs aren’t something we often see on a modern house, however, Dutch architecture firm Egeon Architecten has included one on this house in Amsterdam, which features a warm wood exterior that complements its natural surroundings.

The addition of a spiral staircase on the exterior of the house creates a sculptural element. The wood slats have been used to cover the metal frame, allowing it to somewhat blend in with the overall appearance of the house’s exterior.

A modern wood house has an exterior spiral staircase that's covered in wood slats.
Photography by Chiel de Nooyer

Before & After – This 1970s Staircase Was Replaced With A Modern Design

RZ Interiors together with a Toronto-based property developer, have transformed a 1970’s era home and completely reimagined it for contemporary living.

As part of the renovation, the original 1970s staircase with its curved wood form and mirrored wall was replaced as it’s the first thing people see when they arrive at the house. Here’s what it looked like before the remodel.

A 1970s staircase with a curved design and mirrored wall.

A new and much more contemporary staircase now complements the updated bright white interior. The stairs showcase floating treads, modern wall paneling, and a glass and steel handrail that creates transparency and allows plenty of natural light to fill the main floor.

Modern stairs with a black steel frame, floating treads, modern consistent wall paneling, and a glass and steel handrail.

Another design element of the new stairs is the black steel support. This contrasting frame catches the eye and adds drama to the interior.

A modern staircase with a black steel support and floating light wood treads.
Photography by Ryan Fung Photography

This Artistic Laser-Cut Staircase Handrail Was Inspired By Cell Structures

This Artistic Laser-Cut Staircase Handrail Was Inspired By Cell Structures

Design firm Nervous System, has created an artistic staircase railing for their new studio building in Palenville, New York, that was inspired by cross-sections of plant tissues.

The laser-cut steel design was algorithmically-generated, with a pattern that morphs continuously along the 40 ft (12.2 m) long railing, moving through different modes of the pattern.

An artistic laser cut staircase railing with a matte black finish.

The designers explain, “Beginning at the bottom of the staircase, waves of dense cells shift into rings, then spirals and finally to large scale radial cells. The patterns recall morphologies seen in cross-sections of plant tissues.”

An artistic laser cut staircase railing with a matte black finish.

Here’s a look at the railing pattern that was generated by the latest version of Nervous System’s Corollaria software, which uses an optimization process of anisotropic centroidal Voronoi diagrams. The cells optimize their distribution in response to a morphic background metric.

The patterns that were used to create an artistic laser cut staircase railing with a matte black finish.

The railing, which was cut by Hatfield Metal Fabrication, is made of 10 gauge steel in powder-coated matte black. To make it easier to install, the design was sectioned into 6 panels, one of which is bent to create the corner.

An artistic laser cut staircase railing with a matte black finish.

Finishing the staircase is a wood top rail, that constructed from laser cut wood pieces that were laminated into one long piece, using dowels to align the sections together.

An artistic laser cut staircase railing with a matte black finish.