Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications

A little over 100 years since stainless steel was first commercialised, and following the first 80 to 90 years of its development, in which the primary focus was on marketing its corrosion resistant and hygienic properties as well as its usefulness in industrial and chemical plants and automotive applications, it is pleasingly appropriate to note the distinct emergence of a new specialist application for stainless steel, especially in the past 20 years. That new application is architecture.

Although stainless steel was used for the roof of the Chrysler Building in 1930, and to fully clad the Socony-Mobil Building (also in New York) in 1956, it is really only since the 1990s that it has positioned itself as a material of choice for landmark architectural designs and attracted the attention of the international superstars of architecture.

The International Stainless Steel Forum has seized this new development opportunity with pleasure. The broad spectrum of aesthetically pleasing designs that are made possible by the specification of suitable grades of stainless steel, coupled with the higher strength and corrosion resistance which the material gives to structural engineers, have resulted in an international poster board of wonderful new buildings that themselves advertise the potential of this most diverse material.

In addition to new buildings, there is a virtual cornucopia of stainless steel examples in street furniture, sculptures and statues.

The ISSF has produced a third volume in a series of “Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications” brochures which showcase examples from around the world. We hope it will provide further inspiration to an already fast growing market. The brochure can be downloaded for free from the Built to Last pages of our website:

Published 19/12/2017 08:22:37 Last Modified 19/12/2017 08:24:47

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