Now that you’ve seen the coolest spiral staircases, we’ve rounded up twelve more cool staircase designs for geeks, starting with this slide-equipped model. Whether it be spinal cord-inspired stairs or a design that looks to be straight from a warped dream, you’ll find it here. Continue reading to see them all.
- The longest stairway is listed by Guinness Book of Records as the service stairway for the Niesenbahn funicular railway near Spiez, Switzerland, with 11,674 steps and a height of 1,669 m (5,476 ft). The stairs are employee-only.A flight of 7,200 steps (including inner temple Steps), with 6,293 Official Mountain Walkway Steps, leads up the East Peak of Mount Tai in China.
- The Ha’iku Stairs, on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i, are approximately 4,000 steps which climb nearly 1/2 mile (0.8 km). Originally used to access longwire radio radio antennas which were strung high above the Haʻikū Valley, between Honolulu and Kāne’ohe, they are closed to hikers.
- The Florli stairs, in Lysefjorden, Norway, have 4,444 wooden steps which climb from sea level to 740 metres (2,428 feet). It is a maintenance stairway for the water pipeline to the old Florli hydro plant. The hydro plant is now closed down, and the stairs are open to the public. The stairway is claimed to be the longest wooden stairway in the world.The CN Tower’s staircase reaches the main deck level after 1,776 steps and the Sky Pod above after 2,579 steps; it is the tallest metal staircase on Earth.
- The Penrose stairs, devised by Lionel and Roger Penrose, are a famous impossible object. The image distorts perspective in such a manner that the stairs appear to be never-ending, a physical impossibility. The image was adopted by M. C. Escher in his iconic lithograph Ascending and Descending.