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Stairways by Richard Landry

The staircase is a reflection of the style of the house and should connect to the design of the residence itself


February 11, 2021
Stair with curvilinear theme
This article first appeared in the CB Spring 2021 issue of Custom Builder.

Richard Landry, AIA
Landry Design Group, president and founder

Richard landry headshot

A staircase can be a functional, discreet feature or it can make a statement. In a traditional, French-inspired home, a grand staircase can fulfill a client’s dreams, while modern environments can provide opportunities to create something sculptural. Since the stair is a reflection of the house style, it should connect to the design.

Stairway as a metal sculpture designed by Richard LandryPhoto: Erhard Pfeiffer

For this sleek monument to modernism in California’s Hollywood Hills, the staircase doubles as sculpture, wrapped by an exterior glass wall and supported by a structural spine underneath that makes the stair appear to float.

Curvilinear starway designed by Richard LandryPhoto: Roger Davies

This staircase isn’t viewed in isolation but echoes the home’s prevailing curvilinear theme. As you come upon it and ascend, you feel the wave in the Zaha Hadid-designed marble wall panels and how it changes, and the wall’s visual movement is exciting.

Italian-style stairway design by Richard Landry rising in a stair towerPhoto: Erhard Pfeiffer

In this Italian-style country home where we continued the stone from the exterior to inside the stair tower, the railing is appropriate to that language.

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