14 Spectacular Staircases to Add Artistry to Walking Uphill

Sarah Firshein

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The Umschreibung, or "Rewriting," is a 30-foot-tall steel double helix created by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and erected in the middle of Munich, Germany, in 2004. Regarded simultaneously as a "staircase to nowhere," yet one of the most beautiful in the world, Eliasson's creation is but one of many that embrace the artistic potential of, say, transitioning between floors. Above, find 13 other stunning staircases that all break the classic center-hall Colonial mold.
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