Most of us avoid stairs and use the elevators. These staircases will surely change your mind and will force you to have a closer look to them and avoid elevators. As seen from distance, some look like roller coasters while some look like un-ending curvy loops. These interactive sculptures are surely meant to mesmerize you. Their main purpose is to take you from one place to other but these inspiring structures are worth seeing. Here is the list of some of the most unique and amazing staircases in world.
Tiger & Turtle- Magic Mountain, Duisburg, Germany
Almost all of us who see Tiger & Turtle from distance think it of a roller coaster. As you explore it closely, you will be astonished to see that this actually a staircase bent in all possible curves. Built in 2011, the masterminds behind this amazing creation are Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter. These stairs are meant for both day and night. During day explore the 249 steps by looking high above Rhine and during nighttime, you can have a look at the sky by crossing LED illuminated staircase. Do not worry about climbing around the loop because barriers close the other side.
Lello Bookshop, Porto, Portugal
Lello Bookshop in Portugal is one of the most beautiful bookstores in world. All the credit goes to its centerpiece: A wooden banister carved red staircase. This glossy centerpiece goes up to a glass atrium. The whole art involved in this staircase is so mesmerizing that you cannot control yourself praising it. The underneath part of the stairs is equally beautiful with leaf like structures and painted with a blend of gold and bluish green color.
Melk Abbey Staircase, Melk, Austria
Once an inspiration for novel “The Name of the Rose” written by Umberto Eco, Melk Abbey staircase is a mazelike structure overlooking Danube River. The staircase has some unique features like its double-sided paint. If you look the stairs from beneath, then you will notice that it is painted in gold and pink. The staircase is a perfect example of Rococo’s style architecture. The staircase is meant for other rooms that open in library but is still closed for public.
Heaven’s Gate Mountain, Zhangjjajje City, China
There is a place in China, where you have to climb 999 grueling steps to reach the door to heaven. This strange shape, caused by the collapsing of cliff, is in between the rocks. This 400-foot tall hole involves 999 steps to reach. In Mandarin, nine resemble the same word as “eternal”, so the 999 figure was considered lucky. To reach the foot of the staircase you have to reach here by cable car that covers 4,000 feet of height. You can also reach here by using the mountain road. The road’s winding resembles a structure like that of a dragon’s back.
Chand Baori, Abhaneri, India
Another beautiful architecture is from the ancient king’s dynasty. Outside the Rajasthan’s capital: Jaipur, there is a village, Abhaneri, where people used to make distinctive step wells to collect rainwater. These step wells were termed as “Baori” in Rajasthan. Chand Baori has historic and global importance because it is the deepest and largest step well in world. This step well has a unique and amazing network of staircases. It consists of total 3,500 steps that are around 13 stories in depth. Built somewhere around 9th century, this step well is not used now by the residents and most of the floors are closed by gates. As you see the architecture, you will realize how brilliant the structure is for 9th century people.
If you always avoid staircases and love to use elevators, then visit these beautiful, mad made creations that are meant to mesmerize you and force to use stairs in place of elevators.