Continuing our 2023 review, we have selected 10 striking staircases published on Dezeen this year, from prefabricated plywood steps at a Cornish home to a colourful set for an opera in a Swiss theatre.
Architects and designers have continued to find clever solutions to travelling on foot from one storey to another in 2023 by creating staircases that are both beautiful and functional.
Ranging from the spectacular to the space-saving, here are Dezeen's top 10 staircases of 2023:
Architecture office Studio Ardete placed open living spaces next to the staircase on each floor to create lobby-like communal areas on the house's different levels.
House by the Sea is the home of a surfer-and-artist couple in Newquay, Cornwall, that was designed to be "simple, robust and utilitarian".
For the interior, London studio Of Architecture inserted prefabricated plywood steps leading to a cosy mezzanine level tucked beneath the dwelling's sloping roof.
A bright yellow, zigzagging staircase juts out from the facade of the Haus 1 building in Berlin, creating the appearance of a striking crane and providing a beacon for approaching visitors.
Dutch studio MVRDV worked with local studio Hirschmüller Schindele Architekten to design Haus 1, which forms part of the city's Atelier Gardens redevelopment.
Brutalist-style spiral staircases connect the storeys of Luna House, an expansive geometric complex in Chile comprised of 12 individual buildings.
Chilean studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen designed the stairs and the majority of the structure in reinforced concrete, which is highly textured thanks to imprints left behind by wooden formwork.
French interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch embedded moving, curved walls within an undulating staircase that stretched the full width of the stage for a production of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto at Theatre Basel.
Bathed in coloured light, the flexible walls created a neutral set for the performers to balance the play's complex plot, according to the designer.
This Boston house was renovated to revolve around a sculptural "hairpin" staircase informed by the twists and turns of mountain roads.
Designed by American firms Studio J Jih and Figure, the white oak stairs were created to increase the home's useable floor area by 20 per cent.
This home in the village of Pernek, Slovakia, was designed in the shape of an isosceles trapezoid, mirroring its longitudinal profile.
Architecture studio Ksa Studený positioned a chunky white staircase over a slanted slab of concrete to divide the interior space.
The studio assembled the stairs over three weeks, with timber treads individually cut and hand-layered to form a smooth curve.
The studio took cues from the curves of caterpillars when creating a swooping staircase, which connects the two flats and features deep red marble risers.
The store's mezzanine floor is accessible by a minimalist geometric staircase featuring a handrail made from black paper cords.
This article is part of Dezeen's roundup of the biggest and best news and projects in architecture, design, interior design and technology from 2023.