Private House in Vallée de Joux: location: Yverdon-les-Bains, Vaud, Switzerland; architect: Ralph Germann architectes; year: 2011; descrition: standing on a plot of 800 square meters, a few steps from the Lake Joux’s shores, an anthracite metallic shell shields the interior life of this house from the famous harsh climate. Built with local and environmentally friendly materials (“Minergie” Label) that envelope contains a sleek and minimalist interior.
Let's talk about stairs. Besides providing a convenient way to move vertically through one's house, they can also provide a really lovely, sculptural element to a design. Sometimes designers take liberties with stairs in ways that make them especially beautiful — and especially terrifying. This post is a celebration of those scary stairs. Take a gander at these 12 envelope-pushing designs, and don't forget to watch your step.