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THERS ARE STAIRS, AND THEN THERE ARE STAIRS WITH THE 'WOW' FACTOR.

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Moving staircases in Center Pompidou, Paris Museum of Modern Art. Architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, 1977.
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"Hourglass Staircase," a memorable sight in the Stadtisches Museum, Bonn Germany, 1992. Architect: Axel Schultes.

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Focal point of residence in Cuba.
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Guillaume Saalbburg's "Floating Staircase" in Paris-- seen from above. 1997.
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Central staircase at LeCorbusier's Villa Savoye, Poissy, France, 1929.

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Central Library and Children's Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The striking geometry and lighting create a "Tower" effect. Archtect: Antoine Predock.

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"Bird's Nest" staircase, adjoining the assembly hall of the German Parliament, Bonn, Germany. Architect: Behnisch and Partner. 1992.

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The Berlin Reichstag stairceses are in a transparent dome  that dominates Germany's capital. Architect Norman Foster. (see comment below.)

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Cantilevered stairs attached to the side of a house gives a 3D effect, Barcelona, Spain, Architect: Joan Redon. 1995.

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Laurentian Library staircase designed by architect Michelangelo. 1524.

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Back of escalator in the Diego Della Valle Offices, Civitanova Marche, Italy. Designer Ron Arad. 1999. (see comment below).

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Stairs in the Tel Aviv Opera House foyer. Gold and scrumptious. Architect/engineer/artist: Ron Arad. 1994.

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Longer view of entrance staircase at the Tel Aviv Opera house. Ron Arad. 1994.

notes:
 
The dome at the Berlin Reichstag attracts throngs much the same way that millions of visitors climb to the top of St. Peter's cupola in Rome. At the Berlin Parliament, crowds walk up the spectacular twin helical ramps of the Reichstag Dome on a ramp that seems to float. Visitors feel the symbolism of climbing above the heads of their political leaders, and the experience is enobling.-- as if being elevated to a better world.
 
The escalator in Civitanova Marche, Italy, has a 'wow" factor seen from any direction. Within an exceedingly tight space, Ron Arad found a spatial solution with a sculpural form as polished as a reflective mirror-- which adds to the visual depth of the structure.

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