May is National Physical Fitness Month – a perfect time to evaluate design’s impact on health and wellness. “Statement staircases,” which are on the rise in luxury condos, have the potential to increase physical fitness. Intently designed to be functional and aesthetically pleasing, “statement staircases” encourage residents to skip the elevator and take the stairs. Studies show consistent stair climbing lowers resting heart rates, improves balance and helps shape and tone muscles.
Not only do staircases have the potential to increase physical health, they are becoming one of the most “Instagrammable” design features in today’s buildings, i.e. The Vessel at Hudson Yards. Take a look at some new residential developments with statement staircases that are Instagram-worthy and encourage physical fitness.
277 Fifth Avenue
The free-standing, white-plaster spiral staircase at luxury condominium 277 Fifth Avenue was designed by famed interior architect Jeffrey Beers with a custom-made, commercial-size chandelier composed of 18 strands of brass-trimmed pendants that suspend down its center. The staircase was intently crafted to create a visually stunning and dramatic connection between two floors that house 7,000 square feet of amenity spaces, including a game lounge and state-of-the-art fitness facility.
· Address: 277 Fifth Ave. New York, NY
· Architect: Rafael Viñoly
· Developer: Lendlease and Victor Group
· Sales/Marketing: Corcoran Sunshine
Skyline Tower’s glistening bronze and wood staircase was crafted to create a dramatic entryway to the condominium’s expansive Residential Lounge, cascading elegantly into the open-air common space, which was designed to feel like an extension of each resident’s home. The third-floor lounge features an integrated business center, a large- screen television and billiards table.
· Address: 3 Court Square in Long Island City
· Architect: Hill West Architects
· Developer: United Construction and Development and Risland U.S. Holdings, LLC
· Sales/Marketing: Modern Spaces
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