Take the Stairs
Louvre, Paris. 71 foot glass pyramid is now as iconic as the Louvre's original 18th century structure.
Floating Glass Staircase, West 14th Street Apple Store, New York City. Apple famous for it's attention to design, which extends even to the details of it's retail stores. The 1st spiral twice up to the second and thrid floors.
Scala (Rainbow Staircase) Wuppertal, Germany. Artist Horst Glasker took a drab staircase wedged in between 2 buildings and painted it a rainbow of colors, transforming an eyesore into a bright, energetic spot.
Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, Lamego, Portugal. Exquisite granite staircase with 686 steps. But at least it’s not straight uphill the entire way. You’ll want to pause to admire the detail work—and catch your breath—on nine platforms decorated with intricate tiles, fountains, and statues.
Vatican Museums' Spiral Staircase, Rome. Giuseppe Momo created wide ramplike steps and two separate helixes of the spiral staircase so that one leads up and the other goes down—twisting together into a double-helix formation decades before Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA.
Umschreibung, Munich. Steel 30ft tall double helix staircase pops against the backdrop of an orange-and glass vertical office tower. It dosen't actually lead anywhere and isn't open to the public to climb.
Staircase Tower, Chateau de Blois, France. When François I took over in 1515, he made his own mark by adding a wing with this staircase tower—notable for the interior’s beautiful spiral staircase and for an ornately carved exterior that mimics the likeness of a tower. It turned out to be the most recognizable part of the Château de Blois.
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar. Its most unique feature is the steps cut into its underside, which create the illusion of an upside-down staircase.
Chand Baori, Abhaneri, India. Just outside of Jaipur. It has a concentration of distinctive step wells called baoris, developed for collecting rainwater.