The Tulip Stairs at Queen’s House, Greenwich
Completed in 1635, Queen’s House in Greenwich, London, was one of the first examples of Palladian architecture and helped cement Inigo Jones position as a visionary architect. While the building has gone through many modifications over the last four centuries, it preserves many of its original elements, including the stunning Tulip Stairs. The first self-supporting spiral stairway in the world, these stairs sit under an elegant lantern and feature an ornate wrought iron handrail with a delicate tulip motif. The stairs garnered global attention with their use as a pre-loaded wallpaper in an early version of Microsoft Windows, and have since remained on the bucket list of virtually every architectural photographer.