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What is the word for the building where the stairs are located stairwell or staircase or stairway? Is that in the image stairwell or staircase or stairway?

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A stairwell is a shaft that contains, or has been built to contain, a staircase. The image shows a staircase and its bannister, but part of the stairwell is visible as well (the tiled wall).

  • It's a balustrade not a bannister – Stevetech Jan 14 '16 at 21:08
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    @Stevetech, it's generally a bannister in the US. – Karen Jan 14 '16 at 21:17
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    Note that not every staircase need be located inside a stairwell. A single flight of stairs such as may be found in a 2-story house, for example, is not. A stairwell is typically separated from the rest of the building (e.g. by doors on each landing). They are often not heated/air conditioned. They generally run from the bottom to top of a building or section of building, spanning more than 2 floors. (Taller skyscrapers may not have a single stairwell all the way up, depending on design.) – Darrel Hoffman Jan 14 '16 at 21:22
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    @Stevetech In my experience growing in the UK, banister was the more correct term. According to wikipedia, balustrade is a more general term to mean any kind of railing. When specifically applied to stairs, banister appears to be the more correct term. – Digital Trauma Jan 14 '16 at 22:24
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    Also staircases on the outside of buildings (eg fire stairs) don't have a stairwell – piers7 Jan 15 '16 at 7:12

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