Dwell : 9 Best Modern Staircase Designs

While staircases are functional by nature, many architects use them as an opportunity to introduce a graphic design statement to their projects.

Here, we’ve gathered 9 particularly interesting staircases from our community’s homes—all of which act as works of art while playing a necessary role.

9. Lakeshore Residence

Architect: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Builder: Texas Construction Company
Location: Houston, Texas

The dramatic setting of this 2,834-square-foot glass, hemlock, and lightly burnished stucco residence offers sweeping views of the landscape and contributes to an effect that makes the house look like it’s floating above the cove and water. Similarly, the interior spaces flow within its open-plan layout, and an airy, suspended steel staircase ascends to the upstairs bedrooms.

Article originally appeared on Dwell.