While often overlooked, staircases can add architectural character to a home. Building codes be damned — we chose a myriad of safe and (after a glass of wine or two) unsafe stairwells for this roundup.

1. A wood and glass staircase with jagged lines.

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2. A central staircase in a Victoria, BC home that appears to float.

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3. An open staircase that reveals a wall of books.

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4. A glass spiral staircase that leads to a pool area.

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5. A wood and glass staircase with a marble feature wall.

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6. A playful staircase that is also a bookshelf and a slide.

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7. A commanding glass and steel staircase in a Tribeca loft.

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8. A spiral staircase that vaguely resembles a spine.

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9. A double grand stairway in what was the most expensive home on the market in the US.

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10. A contemporary floating staircase with a splash of color.

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11. And another red staircase that appears to be hanging from the ceiling.

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12. A white and wood staircase with an abstract curtain wall.

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13. A staircase that doubles as a desk.

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14. A staircase made out of 20,000 LEGO bricks.

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15. A steel and solid wood staircase that intersects a Williamsburg townhouse.

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16. A loft staircase with fishing net instead of a handrail.

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17. A natural edge staircase with a raw, unfinished look.

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18. A light and airy staircase in an eighteenth century loft in Milan.

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19. A staircase with an intricate branch detail in a North Dakota hunting lodge.

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20. A staircase disguised as a built-in shelving unit.

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21. An optical illusion staircase in a Manhattan apartment.

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22. An eye-catching suspended staircase that leads to a lofted bedroom.

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23. A light-up, color changing staircase.

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24. A modern black and white staircase in a family’s Moscow home.

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25. And finally, a sculptural metal staircase that leads to a rooftop terrace.

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