Gallery: Spiraling Stairscraper Provides a Garden For Every Apartment


In the future, housing will have to become much denser to support burgeoning populations, free land for other uses, and maximize infrastructure. However many people cringe at having to live in a box in the city — so Nabito Architects designed this spiraling Stairscraper concept that provides both a smaller foot print and a backyard to boot. Featured on designboom, the ‘cottage’ towers cork screw into the air to create a unique relief against the sky.

The principle of providing green space in denser developments is catching on — like BIG’s Mountain Dwelling on the outskirts of Copenhagen, the Stairscraper is a fusion of individual units stacked up so the lower roofs become the garden for the units above. The design results in abundant daylighting and amazing views, and the slender tower allows for daylight to still penetrate to the streets below. The interior looks similar to the famous Marina City towers in Chicago — a modified pie shape.

Since each floor is essentially a single unit, the overall density may not be adequate for major urban cores but better suited for the edges of urban areas. Nabito Architects have even proposed them for rural landscapes, where they would provide the suburban experience without the need to take up copious amounts of land with yards and roads.

+ Nabito Architects

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  1. rosco May 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    can understand the problem you have overcome about the central core, but wat about water cores cost of extra structure and insulation. good idea though, It can also be done by taking blocks out of a solid tower and by rotating duplex apartments so each apartment doesnt need a garden on everyfloor. ‘Behnisch’ have an interesting real version with two storey trees!

  2. gearsofRANDY December 22, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Looks like you could have another set of apartments opposite and still would not have it too crowded. or you could add a few feet to each floor to give a little extra space between them so they don’t crowd. Also having main entrances on the exterior at any great height wouldn’t be good especially during severe weather. Winds at ground level are buffered by things like trees and other buildings but at greater heights the gusts don’t have anything to soften them so getting in your house could be a pain in the ass or even dangerous.

  3. welz December 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I disagree with SolarGuyRadio. Due to the addition of garden space in the structure, air quality and possible waste water treatment could be handled on site. This would be an efficiency boost. The design seems quite simple. I do agree that the scale of the building is very tall but that has more to do with the egos of the designers than the budget of the developers. Shorter versions could be very practical in suburban sprawl.

  4. SolarGuyRadio December 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Cool idea, though unfortunately due to the nature of the design the rent would have to be outrageous for the landlords and property owners to cover the costs of a building with not only a complicated structure to build, but one that has at least 75%less habitable space. WHich goes on to challenge the claims of its viability in a world that needs higher population density.

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