Steel is a beautiful material to build with. Although it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it is extremely versatile and opens up plethora of options for intricate designs and ornate embellishments. Let’s have a look at 5 extraordinary steel staircases.
Stairway To Heaven (Haiku Stairs), Hawaii
One of the most breathtaking views in Oahu, and probably the world, is atop the Haiku Stairs – also known as the Stairway To Heaven – on the Koolau mountain range in Hawaii. It’s completely illegal to go up there with only a rusty steel railing to keep you from tumbling down the edge of the cliff. There is also a swing at the top, which you’d have to be completely insane to go on.
The Staircase at Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna in the Philippines
The Pagsanjan Falls in the Philippines is an incredible natural landmark hidden deep in the jungles of Laguna, about 2 hours from Manila. Getting there isn’t for the feint of heart though, with the only passage in being 672 rickety steel stairs that snake their way between trees and up cliff faces – thankfully you have to wear a harness.
Umschreibung by Olafur Eliasson in Munich
This work of beauty is called Umschreibung, meaning rewriting, and is an unbelievable merging of architecture and art. Standing 9 metres tall, the staircase is never-ending and stands in front of the KPMG building in Munich, Germany. It was designed by visionary artist Olafur Eliasson.
Tiger and Turtle in Germany
This winding winder is an art installation inspired by roller coasters. It sits atop a hill called Magic Mountain and you can walk on it – views from the top are incredible, spanning the entire city of Duisburg.
Taihang Mountains Spiral Staircase in China
Dubbed the world’s most dangerous staircase, this epic spiral structure scales a sheer 300ft cliff face in the Taihang Mountain range in Linzhou, Henan province, China. As you get closer to the top, buffeting winds make joints and hinges creak and you are more than likely to see a bird or two flying around your head. Definitely not a walk for the feint of heart.