Hallways, lifts, ramps and stairwells. Circulation is arguably the most important aspect of a hospitality project or any other multistorey building for that matter. Not only do these components connect rooms in a logical manner – dictating the flow of guests as well as experiences – but they also work on the principle of squeeze and release prevalent in most examples of great architecture. Concealment before a final reveal.

Staircases can simply be a functional means of arriving at your suite, however, they offer immense design value in and of themselves. The specifiers of the following five projects have considered the means of ascension as carefully as more superior areas of a floor plan, often making the stairs the centrepiece of a LOBBY or EVENT SPACE.

Without further ado, here are this week’s picks…

01 | Carlton Cannes, France.

by Richard Lavelle architecte dplg and Tristan Auer.

02 | Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Italy.

03 | Hotel Indigo Karuizawa, Japan.

04 | Fairmont Chengdu, China.

05 | Rosewood Hong Kong, China SAR.