Statement Staircases are Promoting Physical Fitness

Studies show consistent stair climbing lowers resting heart rates, improves balance and helps shape and tone muscles.

The Vessel, also known as the Hudson Yards Staircase (designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick) at dusk.

(NEW YORK, NY) — May is National Physical Fitness Month – a perfect time to evaluate the 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, but they are also becoming one of the most “Instagrammable” design features in today’s buildings, i.e., The Vessel at Hudson Yards.

Here are our favorite new developments with statement staircases that are Instagram-worthy and encourage physical fitness.

277 Fifth Avenue

277 Fifth Ave. New York, NY | Architect: Rafael Viñoly | Sales/Marketing: Corcoran Sunshine

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.

Skyline Tower

3 Court Square in Long Island City | Architect: Hill West Architects | Sales/Marketing: Modern Spaces

Skyline Tower, designed by Hill West Architects, features a glistening bronze and wood staircase that was crafted to create a dramatic entryway to the condominium’s expansive Residential Lounge, cascading elegantly into the open-air common space, designed by Whitehall Interiors 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.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach, FL

4701 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140 | Sales/Marketing: Douglas Elliman

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach features a unique multi-million-dollar lobby designed to cater exclusively to art enthusiasts and world travelers boasting a $500,000 Piero Lissoni-designed staircase as its focal point. Leading up the second-floor library, the staircase is designed for both beauty and function.

Nine on the Hudson

9 Ave at Port Imperial, West New York, NJ 07093 | Architect: Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects | Sales/Marketing: K. Hovnanian Homes

The graceful floating stairs that take you from the foyer to the rooftop in the penthouse at Nine on the Hudson. The staircase leads you to a modern glass atrium that captures the sunlight and serene Zen garden, bringing in natural elements into the home. The penthouse at Nine on the Hudson, listed at $8 million, is the most expensive condo unit ever in New Jersey.

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