hang on! by Claire Grotz

Stair rails have an obvious safety role but also a strong aesthetic presence. Here are some examples that go above and beyond the typical wood balusters.

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This rail reads as sculpture rather than a wall by the subtle curvature at the base.
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A curved wood rail lit from above elevates this plywood stair.
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Leather balusters keep this rail tactile.
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A tinted glass rail plays with solid vs. translucent allowing the stair to feel like a single mass but also staying light.

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A floating steel rail guides the eye upstairs.

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Simple metal railing contrasts with a softly curved white stair
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The (not) rail - a clever use of void rather than object to create a rail
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Evoking rhythm of steps, this string rail creates a visual separation for the stair.

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In sharp contrast to many of the open riser/glass stair rails that we see around, this marble rail and stair pack some heft, but the curve keeps it fluid.

The Wire Staircase | The Runners House by AR Design Studio by Unknown

It is our responsibility as designers to create not only beautiful architecture, but to integrate safety of the occupants within architecture by any means.

In The Runners House by AR Design Studio, the implementation of safety can be noticed in the staircase. 

The architects integrated safety by designing a minimal stairs that are suspended from the ceiling by series of  wire cables to prevent people from falling. 

The staircase divides the dining space from the living space, yet the wire cables allows visual transparency between two spaces. Learn more about this wire stairs here, and check out more cool stairs at