Musée du Quai Branly - Peter Eisenman


10 Incredible Spiral Staircases

Technically, there is no such thing as a spiral staircase — spirals are, by their nature, flat and all “spiral” stairs, are actually helical stairs. “Helical” is the word “helix” in adjective form. A helix is a spiral in a three-dimensional space. With that said, enjoy the 10 incredible spiral helical staircases:

  1. Vatican Museum Spiral Staircase; Vatican City
  2. Unique triple helix spiral staircase in the Museum do Pobo Galego, Spain
  3. Spiral Staircase in St. Paul’s Cathedral; London, England
  4. Staircase in Loretto Chapel; Santa Fe, New Mexico. Legend has it that in 1877, the sisters of Loretto had no stairway to reach the choir loft of their new chapel. A mysterious carpenter appeared and proceeded to build a marvelous spiral staircase. There are no nails in the stairway and it has no center support. The mysterious carpenter disappeared without a word or receiving payment
  5. Helical Staircase in City Hall; London, England
  6. The “Tulip Stairs” built in 1635 in the Queen’s House; Greenwich, England (the same location where the famous “tulip ghost” was captured on film by a reverend)
  7. Spiral Staircase; Roosevelt Island, New York. Built in 1841, the building was once an insane asylum before being abandoned and eventually renovated to its current glory.
  8. Spiral stairs that weave through the center of the Baron’s Palace; Heliopolis, Egypt
  9. Square Spiral Stairs; Lauzerte, France
  10. Quinta de Regaleira Palace; Sintra, Portugal. Construction began in 1904. The palace is believed to hide symbols related to alchemy, Masonry, the Knights Templar, and the Rosicrucians

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Museum of Art, Tel Aviv.


Museum of Art, Tel Aviv.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science  |  MorphosisLocation: Dallas, Texas, USA


Perot Museum of Nature and Science  |  Morphosis
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA


Hidden Architecture

As part of an advertising campaign for the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, Saatchi & Saatchi Russia put together a creative team to assemble the deep, labyrinthine roots of some iconic buildings; the shoulders of giants that all current architecture stands atop of. You can see many more WIP shots over at Design You Trust

Artists: Behance

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URBAN GEOMETRY // HAMBURG & BREMEN Andrés Gallardo Albajar

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New school in Thal


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Photos by Alejandro Martín 04/10/2014

Year: 2004-2014

Location : Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Client : Provast Nederland bv, The Hague, Netherlands

Program : 100.000m2, 228 Apartments, 100 fresh market produce stalls, food related retail units, preparation and cooling space, supermarket, 1.200 parking spaces.

Budget : EUR 175 Million


Off to School We Go

"The story might sound incredible to some, but it isn’t uncommon for children from less privileged regions facing immense hardship on their commute to the institute of learning. You will be surprised at the great lengths some children are willing to go to reach school." via


closes soon (June 15):

Lebbeus Woods, Architect
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., NYC

The exhibition brings together works from the past forty years by architect Lebbeus Woods, centering on transformation as a recurring theme and providing a framework for understanding the experimental nature of his work. Acknowledging the parallels between society’s physical and psychological constructions, Woods has depicted a career-long narrative of how these constructions transform our being. Working mostly, but not exclusively, with pencil on paper, Woods has created an oeuvre of complex worlds—at times abstract and at times explicit—that present shifts, cycles, repetitions within the built environment. His timeless architecture is not in a particular style or in response to a singular moment in the field; rather, it offers an opportunity to consider how built forms impact the individual and the collective, and reflect contemporary political, social and ideological conditions, and how one person contributes to the development and mutation of the built world.

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