Built to Last

Only a couple of years after the invention of stainless steels, architects started discovering its potential for building and construction - in both visible and non-visible applications. The present publication shows just a few of the recent examples. However diverse they may be in terms of scope, purpose and product used, they have one thing in common: they are part of an architecture that is made to last.

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YANUMA STADIUM

Location: New Delhi, India
Architects: Peddle Thorp

The façades of the circular building employ 86 “Tigris” stainless steel mesh panels to create a visually seamless shell. With intelligent interplay of reflection and transparency, its woven skin transforms the sporting venue into a modern interpretation of coexistence.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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VENTILATION TOWER OF TOKYO STATION

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo-Station Yaesu-side Plaza Design JV

This is a monument that was installed during the redevelopment of Tokyo, Yaesu exit area. The ventilation tower provides a contrast between the sharp stately metal and the rich soft green plantation.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Architects: Broadway Malyan Architects

The new purpose-built home of the M&S Company Archive at the University of Leeds features extensive use of Proteus Engineered Façades’ HR rainscreen cladding system which combines all the benefits of a Modern Method of Construction with the beauty of “bronze”.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

Location: Villetaneuse, France
Architects: Bernard Ropa

The striking new triangular building’s stainless steel cover (Uginox Bright) gives it a modern, industrial look, while its stainless steel shutters (grade 304) reflect the natural sunlight. Combined, these features give the library a subtle look of a bookshelf.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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TORRE EUROPA

Location: Madrid, Spain
Architects: Miguel Oriol e Ybarra / CallisonRTKL Architecture

Originally constructed in 1985 in the heart of Madrid’s business district and across from Santiago Bernabéu Stadium—home of the Real Madrid football team—the 121 meter high Torre Europa by the renowned architect Miguel de Oriol has been refurbished.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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TOKYU PLAZA OMOTESANDOU HARAJUKU

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP + Takenaka Corporation

This building, located at the intersection of Omotesando and Meiji-Dori, uses stainless steel panels to create an enormous kaleidoscope which was designed by Mr. Hiroshi Nakamura. He designed this kaleidoscope façade to direct to customers an exhilaration and bustling by giving specialized experience.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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TOKYO MIDTOWN HIBIYA

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya was built on a corner facing Hibiya Park, on the site of old business buildings named “Sanshin Building” and “Hibiya Mitsui Building”. The lower part of the new building follows the wall image of “Sanshin Building” which was highly evaluated as the Art Deco style, and its west side façade is facing to the Hibiya Park which is known as a green oasis in urban Tokyo.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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THE JAPANESE SWORD MUSEUM

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: Maki and Associates

The Japanese Sword Museum was relocated and re-opened in 2017. It conserves the Japanese swords, and to support the preservation and the development of sword forging and polishing techniques.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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THE BIG ELK

Location: Atna, Norway
Artist: Linda Bakke

The Big Elk is the world’s largest elk sculpture. It stands on Bjøråa picnic area in Stor-Elvdal municipality midway between Oslo and Trondheim along Highway 3. It was manufactured in China by Dry Art Limited and the size is 10.3 meters high and 11.5 meters long.

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Published: 1/2/2019
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STEEL STAMPEDE

Location: Aurora, USA
Artist: DOUWE Studio

This wild stampede of thirteen horse silhouettes created by renowned sculptor, Douwe Blumberg, are individually created using stainless steel and cor-ten steel. Thus, creating a varying degree of color and pattern unique to each horse. The sculptures are fabricated using two identical silhouettes that are fitted together with an internal steel supporting structure. The sculpture is located galloping through the entrance of the Star K Ranch for the Morrison Nature Center in Aurora, Colorado.

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Published: 31/1/2019
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STATISTICS SOUTH AFRICA HEADQUARTER

Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Architects: GLH and Terra Ether / GKD

Today, South Africa is one of the most important emerging economies. The national statistics authority, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) in Pretoria, plays a key role when it comes to measuring the great progress. The South African architectural firms GLH and Terra Ether designed the building jointly and gave it an unmistakeable face with a façade made of metal mesh from GKD. Adorned with more than half a million buttons, it conveys the authority’s message in a visual and symbolic manner.

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Published: 31/1/2019
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STADTHAUS BALLHAUSGASSE

Location: Graz, Austria
Architects: Hope of Glory

The residential building ‘Stadthaus Ballhausgasse’ fills a long-time void on a street in the historic city centre of Graz, Austria. Developed by HoG architektur, the street elevation interprets the design principals of the late 19th century using a contemporary language. The plasticity created by a game of light and shadow on the cornices, protruding windows and surrounding frames, as well as their arrangement, is achieved by the absorption and continuation of these elements in the mirror-effect façade.

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Published: 31/1/2019
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SHANGHAI BUND FINANCIAL CENTRE

Location: Shanghai, China
Architects: Foster + Partner

The development’s construction began in 2010 and was completed in 2016. 15,000 square meters of PVD stainless steel in Rose Gold were used across the development for façades, cladding, glazing bars, panelling and of course the extraordinary veil of bamboo tubes which drapes around the Arts and Cultural Centre. The 420,000 square meter site had been unoccupied for some years but now has become a fitting landmark representing the long-standing prosperity of the Bund.

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Published: 31/1/2019
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ROBERTO CAVALLI CAFE

Location: Kuwait, Kuwait
Architects: In-house Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer, born on 15 November 1940 in Florence, Italy. The design for The Avenues was inspired by the natural rock formations, sand and sky found in Kuwait. The glazed arched canopy roof gives the feeling of an outdoor space which is emphasised by The Grand Avenue being designed to look and feel like a Boulevard with the living palms lining the street. The walkways are paved with stone from around the world – China, Italy, Spain and Turkey – which underpins the international theme.

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Published: 31/1/2019
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RHIKE PARK MUSIC THEATRE AND EXHIBITION HALL

Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

The project site is located inside the green area called Rhike Park, in Tbilisi, Georgia. The building consists of two different soft shaped elements that are connected as a unique body at the retaining wall. Both structures are clad with stainless steel panels and inside the concrete and steel structure.

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Published: 31/1/2019
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REFUGE DU GOUTER

Location: Saint Gervais, France
Architects: Groupe H & Déca-Laage

At 4.810 metres, for many, Mont-Blanc is the Holy Grail of alpine mountaineering. But before reaching the top, many must spend at least a night at the Refuge du Goûter shelter. Built in 1962, the shelter is the last stop before the final ascent. But at 3,835 metres, it has been subject to both intense usage and intense weather – not to mention being in the path of an advancing glacier. Thus, a new, stainless steel shelter has been built.

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Published: 29/1/2019
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PORSCHE PAVILION

Location: Wolfsburg, Germany
Architects: HENN Architects

The organically shaped building is sitting – in mirrored location to the Volkswagen Pavilion- at the central axis of the theme park and offers 400 m² of space for exhibitions and presentations. Its characteristic silhouette will become a distinctive icon amid the lagoon landscape of the Autostadt.

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Published: 29/1/2019
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PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS

Location: Paris, France
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Metra & Associés

The 3.600 capacity Philharmonie de Paris is an eye-catching landmark of the Greater Paris area. Its metallic cladding and angular shapes provide a unique, distorted reflection of the surrounding landscape, while its bird-inspired façade is a nod to the beauty being created inside. The highlight of the design is the bright, stainless steel plated Tourbillon, or whirlpool, that rises from the building’s centre. In contrast to the matt outer layer, the shiny appearance of the stainless steel exaggerates the surrounding landscape.

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Published: 29/1/2019
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PANEUM

Location: Asten, Austria
Architects: Coop Himmelb(L)AU

The Customer Information Centre and Event Forum PANEUM - Wunderkammer des Brotes - for the company Backaldrin in Asten consists of two elements: a box shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms plus the “Wunderkammer des Brotes”, a two storey freeform exhibition area floating on top. The chosen materials augment the contrast of these two elements: The square base building shows a cast-in-place concrete façade while the rounded wood structure of the museum is clad with stainless steel shingles.

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Published: 29/1/2019
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OPTUS STADIUM PARK

Location: Perth, Australia
Architects: Structural Dynamics / COX Architecture

Optus Stadium officially opened on 21 January 2018 and is the new home game venue of local Australian Football League teams Fremantle Football Club and the West Coast Eagles.
The impressive Arbour stands 10 m tall and 20 m wide, and stretches 450 m around the south side of the Stadium. It connects a new six-platform railway station to the Swan River, over which the Matagarup Bridge is currently being constructed to provide pedestrian access to East Perth. Over a thousand stainless steel cables were installed on the 43 arches that make up the Arbour to create a tensile structure in the form of a canopy.

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Published: 29/1/2019
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NO 1 HARDMANN STREET

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Architects: Levitt Bernstein

No.1 Hardman Street is located at the heart of Spinningfields in Manchester City Centre. This recently completed building provides 5 floors of office space and is a piece of contemporary architecture which sits comfortably alongside both its historic neighbours and the large glazed buildings of this commercial area. Being one of the smaller buildings of the Spinningfields redevelopment, the design seeks to maximise its visual impact and optimise the site.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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NISSAN STADIUM

Location: Yokohama, Japan
Architect: Takenaka Corporation a.o.

On June 30, 2002 while the Brazilian team captain Cafu holds the golden cup high up in the air and some 2.7 million paper cranes flew down from the sky, the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ “the Stage of a Dream” closed its curtain. At Nissan Stadium, which was called International Stadium Yokohama at that time, four games including the finals were held, and it was crowded with 260,000 spectators from Japan and abroad. We have received high praise for wonderfulness of a stadium with a seating capacity of 70,000.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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BRIGHT ANNEALING LINE OF APERAM GUEUGNON

Location: Gueugnon, France

Today’s steel mills are moving away from the function-over-form of the past and embracing a more aesthetic approach. A case-in-point is Aperam’s Gueugnon site, where the traditional skyline of tall chimneys spitting out multi-coloured fumes is being replaced by shining, futuristic towers. The new 68.30 m tower is covered with 0.8 mm thick bright annealed (Uginox Bright) stainless steel cladding – produced and annealed on-site. While inside the tower houses the furnace and the accumulator, outside it blends perfectly into the surrounding landscape and has become a point of pride for both Aperam and local residents alike.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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MYZEIL SHOPPING MALL

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

For a top address in Germany, check out “Zeil 106, 60313 Frankfurt am Main”. Zeil is one of Germany’s busiest shopping streets and number 106 is where one of Europe’s biggest inner-city development projects, with an investment volume of 960 million euros, is being built: The “PalaisQuartier”. Part of the development, the “MyZeil” shopping and leisure world, opened recently. Inside the building, the gleaming, reflective interior façade of the covered shopping center is made entirely of stainless steel elements supplied by the Krefeld and Dillenburg plants of ThyssenKrupp Nirosta.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Location: Muscat, Oman

Today, the Sultanate in the south-east of the Arabian Peninsula is considered the safest country in the Middle East and, as such, is becoming an ever more attractive destination for business and leisure travel. In order to keep pace with the rapid growth that this has brought about, the Gulf State is investing billions in expanding its airport infrastructure. The largest and most significant project is the reconstruction of Muscat International Airport.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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MOYAMOYA HOUSE

Location: Higashikurume, Japan
Architects: Studio PHENOMENON

This is a residence in a commuter town in one of the suburbs of Tokyo. The studio was constructed so the client could study and dye kimonos, her chief hobby, as the center of the house; also, Studio Phenomenon tried to provide the place to communicate and interact, accepting foreign students after her kids leave the home. The shape of the building plot is a huge square (9100*9100), and it slopes and spreads north and south.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES TRAINING CENTER

Location: Beirut, Libanon
Architects: Khatib & Alami

As Lebanon’s first flight simulator training center and part of the Middle East Aviation Academy, this new $50-million facility features a range of training divisions, a library and administrative offices. But its defining feature is the center’s 62-foot-tall (19 m) domed conference center that houses a 300-person auditorium, cafeteria, kitchen and reception hall - along with serving as the facility’s main entrance. Made from reinforced concrete and clad with triangular stainless steel panels and LED light joints between panels, the dome covers an area of 475 m2.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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MCCORMICK TRIBUNE CAMPUS CENTER

Location: Chicago, USA
Architects: OMA

The McCormick Tribune Campus Center seeks to reinvigorate the urbanism inherent – but long since neglected – in Mies van der Rohe’s 1940 masterplan for the Illinois Institute of Technology. The large single-storey Campus Center provides a focal point for the previously sundered halves of the campus, and features a noise-absorbing steel tube wrapping the Elevated metro that runs directly over the building and, inside, a dense mosaic of programs including a bookstore, food court, café, auditorium, computer centre, and meeting spaces.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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MAMMOTH

Location: Favang, Norway
Artist: Linda Bakke

“Mammoth” by Linda Bakke is an exact recreation of a mammoth scull, but double in size. Gudbrandsdalen is unique nationally in terms of mammoth finds, and Fåvang is the location in Norway with the most recorded examples of surviving remains.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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MAHANAKHON

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Architects: Ole Scheeren

Temples and dream beaches with turquoise-blue water make Thailand a sought-after destination for tourists from all over the world. The capital Bangkok, with a population of some nine million, is a city of contrasts with irresistible magic. In contrast to many other Asian megacities, however, the city has few contemporary architectural highlights. The German architect Ole Scheeren created Bangkok’s new landmark in the form of the 314-meter high MahaNakhon.

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Published: 25/1/2019
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MAGNOCENTRO PLAZA BUILDING

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Architects: MEXDESA

In 1997 PES Group did some research, it turned out that at that time it was more economical to use stainless steel than granite or other stone, hence the idea of covering the building with a stainless steel façade. Construction was finished in 2000.

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Published: 22/1/2019
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M6B2 TOWER OF DIVERSITY

Location: Paris, France
Architects: Maison Edouard François

The relationship between building height and sustainability is a subject that currently occupies the minds of many city planners. This is because the city cannot expand infinitely into the landscape. In France, however, “village” urbanism seems to be adamantly resisting the vertical city, without truly considering its potential. One of the objectives of this project is to quell these hesitations.

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Published: 22/1/2019
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M PAVILION

Location: Hong Kong, China
Architects: VPANG Architects and JET Architects and Lisa Cheung

M+ Pavilion is a two-storey exhibition and event space in the midst of the Hong Kong West Kowloon Cultural District. In September 2013, the Hong Kong West Kowloon Cultural District Authority launched an open competition for the design of the M+ Pavilion. The winning design went to the team of VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung which stood out from among 100 international entries. The building was completed and opened to public in September 2016.

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Published: 22/1/2019
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LONGCHAMP HIPPODROME

Location: Paris, France
Architects: Dominique Perrault

The origins of the Longchamp racecourse date back to the 19th century. However, numerous remodeling and extension projects have led to a rather non-transparent network of buildings and areas. Perrault therefore proposed tearing down the existing stands, as well as multiple buildings spread across the site, to create space for a new grandstand and pavilions that would secure the infrastructure required at a horse racing venue. Various historic buildings – including the administration building, stables and totalizator – were also renovated and extended in line with his concept.

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Published: 22/1/2019
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LIVERPOOL INTERLOMAS

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos

Understanding the new role shopping centers play in today’s society, in which they have become a magnet for social and cultural encounters, Rojkind Arquitectos was commissioned to design a façade for the new 18,000 square meter department store as part of a new era in the company’s pursuit to re-brand itself. Liverpool department stores, with a 164-year-old history, have for the most part always been one of the main anchor stores for large shopping centers in Mexico.

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Published: 22/1/2019
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LE MONOLITH

Location: Lyon, France
Architects: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

The monolith is a real urban ensemble sited on the C island in the new Conference quarter to the south of the Lyon peninsula between the Saone and the Rhone. The project consists of constructing a 28,000 m² island in the Confluence area of Lyon, with an arrangement of housing, offices and commercial premises.

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Published: 21/1/2019
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LA SAGRADA FAMILIA

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Architect: Antoni Gaudi

The Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia began its construction in March of 1882. During the following years, until Gaudí’s death in 1926, he collaborated with different architects, sculptors, draughtsmen and modellers, in new architectural solutions. After his death, the project went through different architects, always respecting the original idea, but economic problems and a fire during the civil war that destroyed scale models and plans created by Gaudí, forced to stop the works on several occasions. The incorporation of new technologies in the project brings it close to completion, scheduled for 2026, the year of the centenary of the great architect’s death.

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Published: 21/1/2019
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LA JOLLA

Location: San Diego, USA
Architect: Daniel Schmidt

Terne coated stainless steel was utilized in this one-of-a-kind of residential project in La Jolla, California. What made this metal roof system particularly challenging was the building’s geographical location. Sitting on an ocean-side cliff, the structure is constantly exposed to corrosive winds.

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Published: 21/1/2019
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KUNSTHALLE MANNHEIM MUSEUM

Location: Mannheim, Germany
Architects: Von Gerkan, Marg and Partners

The Kunsthalle Mannheim museum of modern and contemporary art was opened at the end of 2017 by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. As Germany’s largest new museum building, it is a prime example of both civic commitment and architectural skill. The composition of roomforming cubes is visually connected by a sophisticated façade made of bronze-coloured stainless steel fabric from GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG (GKD).

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Published: 21/1/2019
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JEONGOK PREHISTORY MUSEUM

Location: Yeoncheon, South Korea
Architects: X-TU

Jeongok Prehistory Museum by France based-studio X-Tu architects is now complete. Located on a paleolithic site of major archeological significance in Jeongok, South Korea, the facility aims to provide a multi-sensory space that represents ranging environments and atmospheres from the prehistoric landscape.

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Published: 21/1/2019
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JDL FETTER LANE

Location: London, United Kingdom
Architects: McBains Cooper

The original brief was to undertake renovations to dilapidations as the main tenant was moving out of the building. Then McBains were asked to provide architectural services to refresh all the internal common parts and a concept design for the external entrance. The existing entrance was low and dark and not very discernible from the main thoroughfare as the entrance was at the side of the building. The client wanted to create a clear entrance that was welcoming and that had more gravitas and appeal.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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ISLAND PAVILION

Location: Wormsley, United Kingdom
Architects: Robin Snell and Partners

The Island Pavilion and footbridge sit at the heart of a pastoral landscape just outside of Oxford, England. The project, which complements the nearby Wormsley House and Garsignton Opera House, re-interprets the 18th century tradition for outdoor entertainment for 21st century performances.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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ISABELLE

Location: Palm Springs, USA
Artist: Julian Voss-Andreae

Tourists and locals are gawking at the new public art installation in front of the Rowan Hotel in Palm Springs in California where a newly redeveloped downtown, now houses a stainless steel sculpture by German artist Julian Voss-Andreae, titled “Isabelle”.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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INTERNATIONAL MEMORIAL OF NOTRE DAME DE LORETTE

Location: Ablain Saint Nazaire, France
Architects: Philippe Prost Architecte/AAPP

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, this monument is positioned on a hillside at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette and overlooking France’s largest military cemetery.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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HELIX BRIDGE

Location: Singapore
Architects: Cox Architecture

The Helix Pedestrian Bridge spans the mouth of the Singapore River where it opens onto Marina Bay. It links the established Raffles Avenue district with the new Bay precinct that contains the Sands Resort and the Gardens By The Bay, and leads around to the CBD Financial District.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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HARVEY NICHOLLS STORE

Location: Kuwait
Architects: Gensler

The design of the store façade can probably best be described by saying that it looks like lots and lots of towering organ pipes. Convoluted rivulets of gold piping run from floor to ceiling on the main area of the façade and are echoed again on the first floor and in the interior. The façade is not only visible from the outside, it forms part of the backdrop for the Veranda restaurant on the first floor as seen in the image below.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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FOOTBRIDGE OF TRUMPF

Location: Ditzingen, Germany
Architects: Schlaich Bergermann & Partner

The new footbridge over Gerlinger Strasse connects two production areas of the headquarters of Trumpf in Ditzingen and enables employees to cross the busy regional road safely. The bridge is a lightweight shell construction, which due to the high efficiency of the supporting structure is made of only 2 cm thin, double curved stainless steel sheets.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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FASHION DRIVE MALL

Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Architects: Grupo Basica

Fashion Drive Mall is located in Monterrey, Nuevo León, a city in the north of Mexico. The façade was designed and built by “Grupo Básica”, a Mexican company specialized in design, consultancy and installation of façades. The owner of the mall wanted the project to become an icon of the area, an attractive element that would enhance it.
Different materials such as stone or phenolics were considered, but stainless steel convinced the designer for the shine that only stainless can offer, in addition to the economic advantages such as its durability and low maintenance.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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ETON PLACE

Location: Dalian, China
Architects: NBBJ/GKD

The port city of Dalian in northern China is a city of contrasts. A vibrant center of trade and industry, this rapidly growing metropolis plays an equally important role in the region as one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. In the city center of Dalian, the Beijing office of the NBBJ architectural firm designed the Eton Place Dalian tower complex as a superlative multifunctional development.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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ESTADIO WANDA METROPOLITANO

Location: Madrid, Spain

Bigger, more convenient, more spectacular: the new stadium of the top Spanish club Atlético Madrid is among the very elite of European soccer arenas. After six years in construction, the tradition-steeped club opened the doors of the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in the north-east of the Spanish capital. A large screen on the western façade above the main entrance gets arriving fans in the mood for the match ahead with video sequences from previous games and emotional images.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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ELBPHILHARMONIE

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Architects: Herzog & de Meuron

The Elbphilharmonie is emerging directly on the Elbe at the peak of the harbour above the historical Kaispeicher A in which tea and cocoa sacks were stored right up until the 90s. The new building with its curved glass façades sweeps up above the gutted red clinker Kaispeicher and takes on the appearance of a huge glass ship.

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Published: 18/1/2019
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EDOGAWA GARAGE CLUB

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: Jun’ichi Ito + Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates

Ribbons of wave-like perforated steel form a mask, like an outer skin for this old warehouse. Colour variations highlighted by light changes produce unexpected chequered patterns as well as silver and gold toning at dawn and dusk, emphasising the façade’s versatile nature. This is a design for the re-use of an old warehouse in Tokyo.

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Published: 17/1/2019
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DALTON CUMBRIAN FACILITY

Location: Cumbria, United Kingdom
Architects: Wilson Mason and Partners Architects

Mirror-black stainless steel Proteus HR panels clad a two-storey office/laboratory building that forms the major part of the £4.7million Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF), a joint venture between The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute and National Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

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CTLES EXTENSION

Location: Bussy Saint Georges, France
Architects: Antonini Darmon

Originally designed by Dominique Perrault, the Technical Centre for Books of Higher Education (CTLES) is responsible for preserving the documents of various French universities and research centers. A recent extension saw the addition of a pair of enormous mirrored-steel boxes connected to the original structure via a glazed bridge.

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CONGRESS AND MUSIC HALL

Location: Strasbourg, France
Architects: Rey-Lucquet et associés Atelier d’Architecture / Dietrich I Untertrifaller Architekten

Thanks to a major renovation, Strasbourg’s Palais de la Musique et des Congrès (PMC) has doubled its capacity and provided the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (OPS), its resident symphony, with state-of-the-art facilities.

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CHUM UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL HEALTH CENTER

Location: Québec, Canada
Architects: Neuf Architect(e) + Cannon Design

Originally built in 1865 as Holy Trinity Anglican Church, this structure has changed hands and purposes a number of times before being integrated into the Montreal Mega Hospital (CHUM) project.

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Published: 17/1/2019
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CALM HOUSE

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates

Calm House is a minimalist house located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by APOLLO Architects and Associates. The residence is constructed of concrete and 40 mm-wide cedar. Stainless steel louvers cover the second-floor window to act as a screen, and serves as a unique characteristic for the neighbourhood.

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Published: 15/1/2019
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BOGINDHU FARMHOUSE

Location: Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Architects: Room Architects

This extension and refurbishment of Aberdeenshire’s historic Bogindhu farmhouse required significant work on the existing structure, including the removal of the ground and first floors, the removal of all internal walls and a stripping back of the external walls to expose the original stone.

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BMW WELT

Location: Munich, Germany
Architects: Coop Himmelb(L)AU

The realization of the technical building facilities for this Event Exhibition and Automobile Delivery Center led to a planning model with five thematic blocks: Hall, Car Delivery (Premiere), Forum, Gastronomy and Double Cone.

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BERMONDSEY BICYCLE STORE

Location: London, United Kingdom
Architects: Sarah Wiggles Architects

Bermondsey Bicycle Store forms a striking entrance to Bermondsey Square – a lively public space at the heart of an ambitious regeneration project in south-east London. Embedding green transport values within the local community, the store accommodates 76 bikes belonging to the square’s workers and residents. Using stainless steel panels in an original and exciting manner, the intervention adds sparkle to Igloo’s vision for inner city living.

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ARCHIVES LILLE

Location: Lille, France
Architects: de Alzua/ZigZag architecture

Lille’s new Department of Archives not only serves as a striking addition to the surrounding landscape, it also plays an important role in preserving the trove of historic books and documents that call it home. The seven-story building is covered in perforated 304 grade stainless steel mesh.

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WYNYARD WALK

Location: Sydney, Australia

Wynyard Walk is a major pedestrian walkway connecting Wynyard Train Station to the bustling Barangaroo waterfront precinct and Sydney CBD. Completed in 2017, the new infrastructure forms one of several solutions to break pedestrian congestion, with an estimated 75,000 commuters using the hub every day. It features over 1,600 m2 of perforated and solid stainless steel sheeting into ceiling and fascia panelling installed at the Clarence Street entry façade and the tunnel lining. The panels twist and curve with the bends of the tunnel, creating a sense of flow and motion.

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VISUAL ARTS BUILDING

Location: Iowa, USA
Architects: Steven Holl Architects

The porous, layered skin on the south and west façades of the Visual Arts Building modulates direct sunlight into the studio interiors. A fine-grain perforated, etched stainless steel screen floats eight inches over a zinc and glass inner skin, creating shifting shadows and depth in relation to the adjacent ravine’s trees.

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STONNINGTON OFFICE

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Architects: William Ross

During the refurbishment of Stonnington Council Offices, Fytogreen installed a combination of 3 Fytowall vertical gardens and a green façade in the internal atrium.

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STEEL GROVE

Location: Gimhae, South Korea

“Steel Grove” is a house for a couple and two university students. The site is located in a town house neighborhood where houses surround each other. We wanted to create a house that provides enough privacy and yet has some kind of relationship with the neighborhood.

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SPORTCAMPUS ZUIDERPARK

Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Architects: Faulkner Browns Architects

Located at the heart of the historic Zuiderpark, the €50 million sports campus is an innovative collaboration of alliances between education, sport, sport science and the community, for both the municipality of The Hague and its private partners: the Haagse Hogeschool and ROC Mondriaan.

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RAPID TRANSIT RAILWAY GWANGMYEONG STATION

Location: Gwangmyeong, South Korea

Glass, steel frame and stainless steel roof finishes complement the sophisticated appearance of Gwangmyeong Station. The eaves of the tile roof, with the theme of harmony between traditional Korean imagery and the surrounding environment, are especially impressive.

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PLATINUM APARTMENT

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Architects: Squillace

203 planter boxes were pre-grown at Fytogreen’s nursery facility in Somerville for 9 months. The planting pallet comprised of 5 species with the aspect facing west and north.

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NEW BENDIGO HOSPITAL

Location: Bendigo, Australia
Architects: Bates Smart

Fytogreen was commissioned to install 10 individual extensive roof gardens, totalling 965 m2, spread over 4 levels at the New Bendigo Hospital site.

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LILLEHAMMER ART MUSEUM

Location: Lillehammer, Norway
Architects: Snøhetta

The Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehammer Cinema were first established in an Erling Viksjø-designed building in 1964, which is considered today a definite representation of the architectural style of its time. The expansion of the Lillehammer Art Museum and Lillehammer Cinema was completed throughout spring 2016, with the Museum being completed in January, the Cinema in March, and the return of the art garden being completed in May.

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INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Location: Incheon, South Korea

Incheon International Airport is known for its construction on reclaimed land on a tidal flat between Yeongjongdo (Island) and Yongyudo (Island). As a result, the airport is greatly affected by salinity and it is necessary to use an exterior that can endure the corrosiveness of salt. Stainless steel is used for the exterior of the passenger terminal and transportation center.

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GWANGJU WORLD CUP STADIUM

Location: Gwangju, South Korea

The Gwangju World Cup Stadium is a building that symbolizes the image of Gwangju, the village of light. The shape of the pillars that support the roof and stands of the stadium were made in the form of the letter Y to indicate the head of Go used in Go-fighting games, and the low slope and finishing curves of the roof are said to express the skyline of Mudeungsan Mountain, the true mountain of Gwangju. The roof is made of stainless steel.

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FORCE OF NATURE II

Location: London, UK
Artist: Lorenzo Quinn

We humans think of ourselves as supreme beings, above all others and in absolute control of our destiny and our surroundings.
We live with a false sense of security only to be awakened by Mother Nature’s fury, almost as if she needs to remind us of her presence and our responsibility towards her child (The Earth).

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EMERGING CHINESE DRAGON

Location: Australia
Artist: Michael Van Dam

The designer, Michael Van Dam commented “The Dragon plays a major part in Chinese culture dating back several thousand years. It is a symbol of prosperity, strength courage and resolve.” The designer was himself born in the year of the Dragon (1964).

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CAMBRIDGE TERRACE

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Architects: Jasmax

Fytogreen, together with GreenAir, provided a new commercial building in Christchurch with New Zealand’s largest indoor green facade. Towering up 4 levels in the atrium area of the new six-story office building.

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ASEM CONVENTION CENTER

Location: Seoul, South Korea

The ASEM Convention Center, which opened in May 2000, is the representative convention center of South Korea and has attracted a variety of international events such as the Asia-Europe Summit in October of the same year. It has four large exhibition halls, a convention hall that can accommodate 6,000 people, and 85 meeting rooms.

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ARCHES OF OMAN

Location: Muscat, Oman
Artist: Giles Rayer

The Arches of Oman, a ground-breaking, 12 metres high, water and stainless steel sculpture by the inspirational artist Giles Rayner, developed by the UK’s leading engineers, has been unveiled at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman.

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ELEVATOR B

Location: Silo City, Buffalo, New York, USA

Elevator B is an urban habitat for a colony of honeybees, which originally occupied a boarded window in an abandoned office building in Buffalo, NY. The project has generated a great deal of public curiosity because of the combination of the colony of honeybees, an interesting and until very recently, restricted-access site, and an aesthetically pleasing object.

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Published: 10/1/2019
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HANJIE WANDA SQUARE

Location: Wuhan, China
Architects: UNStudio

Hanjie Wanda Square is a new luxury shopping plaza located in the Wuhan Central Culture Centre, one of the most important areas of Wuhan City. The multifunctional organisation of the master plan - which includes cultural and tourist facilities as well as commercial, office and residential components – acts as an attractor to the area for visitors, inhabitants and commuters alike.

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GINZA SIX

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: Taniguchi and Associates, Kajima Corporation

GINZA SIX was designed by the architectural firm Taniguchi and Associates and built by Kajima Corporation as a redevelopment project covering two blocks in Tokyo’s Ginza neighbourhood. The building, which has 13 floors above ground and 6 floors underground, has a total area of 148,000 square meters.

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DEAR JINGUMAE BUILDING

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Designer: amano design office inc.

This project renovated a 25-year old office building, located on a back street of Omotesando in Tokyo. The owner requested a design with a façade expression differentiated from the surrounding buildings, which would be helpful for branding for future tenants. The Amano Design Office designed it with a soft expression that would be pleasing to passers-by, while standing out from the surrounding buildings.

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CITY HALL

Location: Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France
Architects: Atelier Filippini

The rehabilitation and extension of this city hall connects three very different buildings: one dating back to the 19th century; and two others dating back to the 1970s. By adding a new reception structure and by improving the thermal performance and visual aspect of building envelopes, the project creates a new image of the City Hall, while adding a modern, open vision of administrative services.

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QUEENSFERRY CROSSING

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Queensferry Crossing was opened on 30 August 2017. The new bridge forms the centrepiece of a major upgrade to the cross-Forth transport corridor in the east of Scotland, representing a total investment of £1.35 billion. The 1.7 miles (2.7 km) structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.

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ICADE ILOT KURVAU

Location: Strasbourg, France
Architect: AEA Architects

Icade Îlot Kurvau in Strasbourg is a complex of homes and offices next to the Rhine River. AEA Architects headed the project which features cladding with the fine stainless steel mesh Codina Eiffel 40100, which responds to environmental demands and sets the office area apart from the residential area with an air of elegance.

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HOLMENKOLLEN SKI JUMP

Location: Oslo, Norway
Architect: JDS Architects

Holmenkollen National Ski Arena is one of Norway’s most frequently visited tourist attractions and includes the Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Jump Tower, shops, a café and a ski simulator. Holmenkollen hosts World Cup Nordic Skiing events every winter, and the entire ski jump and arena was rebuilt before the 2011 FIS Nordic World Championships.

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Published: 20/12/2018
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BP PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

Location: Chicago, United States
Architect: Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry’s BP Pedestrian Bridge is clad in brushed stainless steel panels and complements the Jay Pritzker Pavilion (also by Frank Gehry) in function as well as design by creating an acoustic barrier from the traffic noise from the adjacent Columbus Drive.

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ARGANZUELA FOOTBRIDGE

Location: Madrid, Spain
Architect: Dominique Perrault Architecte, Paris, France

The construction underground of the highway along the river banks of the Manzanares River provided an opportunity to open up a new urban territory for the inhabitants of Madrid, the Manzanares Park. A number of bridges over the river have been planned. Linking the neighbourhoods on both banks of the river, the Arganzuela Footbridge will be the longest of all the planned bridges and will be for both pedestrians and cyclists.

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EDF TOWER

Location: Paris, France
Architect: Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners

Completed in April 2001, the EDF Tower is a 41-story, 624,414-square-foot office tower in La Défense, west of Paris. The architects Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners designed the elliptical tower with a façade clad in alternating bands of stainless steel and lightly reflective glass panels. A special design feature is a conical shape carved into the building’s base up to level 26.

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WAT HUA SUAN TEMPLE

Location: Bang Khla, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand

Wat Hua Suan is a Buddhist Temple in Thailand. It was completed in 2011. Stainless steel was used extensively for the fence, the roof, the windows and door, the pillars, the interior and exterior walls and the statue and image of the Buddha.

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Published: 18/12/2018
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STADIUM FTC BUDAPEST

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Architect: Codina Metal

Stainless Steel mesh covers the new FTC football stadium in Budapest. Without any doubt, this avant-garde look of the Stadium is due to the approximately 9000 m2 of stainless steel mesh used to create the façade envelope. The architectural stainless steel mesh offers multiple possibilities and spectacular results.

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SCHOOL SPORTS HALL

Location: Ville-du-Bois, France
Architect: Nomade Architectes

This project consists of a school complex along with a gymnasium and staff living quarters. The three entities rise in a single field located between the residential neighbourhood of Ville-du-Bois and the Forêt de la Turaude, a protected woodland. The new school complex welcomes children from the neighbouring houses and rounds out its educational brief with a gymnasium and a dojo. Nomade Architects went beyond the usual educational programs in order to refresh the school’s institutional nature by building it in a natural environment.

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Published: 10/12/2018
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WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

Location: Los Angeles, USA
Architect: Frank Gehry

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by the architect Frank Gehry, opened in 2003 after many years of gestation. The history of the building began in 1987 when Lillian Walt Disney, widow of businessman donates $ 50 million to start building a philharmonic hall. The idea was to create a reference point for music, art and architecture, which position the city of Los Angeles in the cultural level.

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Published: 25/6/2018
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ROSE MUSEUM

Location: Beijing, China
Architects: NEXT Architects

Roses and floriculture are deeply rooted in Chinese culture, dating back at least to the 11th century BC. To showcase this history and the rose culture in general, NEXT Architects designed a large-scale, new museum building. The museum is covered by a soft, stainless steel façade of 300 meter long and 17 meter high and it is perforated by a rose-shaped pattern.

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LEEUM SAMSUNG MUSEUM OF ART

Location: Seoul, Korea
Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel

The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, which is located at the foot of Namsan Mountain, where nature can be found downtown, is like a sanctuary for domestic art lovers. Three top architects, Rem Koolhaas, Mario Botta, and Jean Nouvel, created a unique cultural space using their respective styles. For this reason, the museum boasts a beautiful appearance as the best art museum in South Korea.

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LA GOTA CULTURAL CENTER

Location: Cáceres, Spain
Architects: Losada Garcia Architects

The building’s façade consists of a double skin comprising a glass wall and Flexbrick ceramic material, a thermal protection system that prevents excessive solar heat gain during the summer months.

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LA SAGRADA FAMILIA

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Architect: Antonio Gaudí

La Sagrada Família is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí, originally commissioned in 1882, but only planned to be completed by 2026. The basilica is a leading tourist attraction, with more than 3.2 million visitors annually. Outokumpu has supplied stainless steel for La Sagrada Família basilica since 2013 in rebar, bar, machined components and plasma-cut plate products.

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GEOJE CULTURE AND ARTS CENTER

Location: Gyeongnam, Korea
Architects: ADOMOO Architects

The Geoje Culture and Arts Center, which was designed to overlook the beautiful Jangseungpo Port and was made in the form of a boat sailing on the sea, is an outstanding aesthetic building that won the Korean Institute of Architects Award selected by the Korean Institute of Architects, boasting the finest view of archipelago from the building in Korea. 

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM

Location: San Francisco, USA
Architect: Daniel Libeskind

In 1994, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency invited The Contemporary Jewish Museum to develop the historic Jessie Street Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Power Substation, a 1907 landmark designed by architect Willis Polk. The museum selected architect Daniel Libeskind to design its new home, which was to be an adaptive reuse of the original substation.

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THE APLIX FACTORY

Location: Le Cellier-sur-Loire, France
Architect: Dominique Perrault Architecte

A building set out in the landscape according to the strict geometric and syntactic rules of a crossword puzzle. Each square of the 20-metre grid takes up an industrial function or a part of a function like a square of the crossword takes a letter. These functions are crossed and woven with each other according to the production process, like the intersected letters form words, in the vertical and horizontal sense.

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POSCO PNS TOWER

Location: Seoul, Korea
Architects: POS - A.C.

Among the numerous high-rise buildings that symbolise Teheran-ro, the POSCO PNS Tower, located between Gangnam Station and Yeoksam Station in Seoul, is a building that shows its own individuality without harming the surrounding landscape. It presents an overall message of transparent management with wide skylights, while maintaining the image of iron, which symbolises Posteel Company Limited. 

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NATIONAL GRAPHENE INSTITUTE

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Architects: Jestico + Whiles

The new building for the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester was completed in 2015 and is a state of the art scientific and research facility. Its purpose is to commercialise the use of graphene. From the DesignScape™ collection of metal finishes, the façades to the 5-storey building are clad in Rimex’s ColourTex® black mirror coloured stainless steel alongside glass to stunning effect as specified by Jestico + Whiles Architects. The black ColourTex® coloured material is 2mm thick and is 316 grade stainless steel that was perforated by Architectural Steel Ltd to detail formulae relevant to the graphene product. The liveliness of the product makes it a unique and dynamic material for stainless steel facades.

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Published: 25/6/2018
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LOGISTICS CENTER

Location: Tarragona, Spain
Architect: Vigum Project SLP

The required architecture for the logistics center had to express the importance of Acerinox in the sector and serve as a reference of the quality of the service and products. The function of the building goes beyond just a Logistics Center to be an element which reflects the philosophy of the company. This kind of industrial building is a special challenge because of the delicate balance between the storage needs and the willingness to innovate throughout architecture.

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Published: 7/6/2018
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INCHEON SONGDO CONVENTION CENTER

Location: Incheon, Korea
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC

The Incheon Songdo District was built on landfill of offshore Songdo and will be developed as a state-of-the-art international city with self-sufficient city functions within the Incheon Free Economic Zone. A convention center in the international business complex in Incheon Songdo District is considered a major building, and is a landmark in the district. To fit the foregoing, the design of the convention center stands out too. The entire exterior, including the roof and walls, is made of stainless steel materials, so that it boasts a refined, splendid appearance. In cosideration of the characteristics of the coastal area, the exterior walls were designed with stainless steel materials, which are excellent in corrosion resistance. In addition, welded honeycomb panels were used to secure flatness.

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THE SEED SCULPTURE

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Artist: Colin Spofforth

The Seed Sculpture was a joint project between artist Colin Spofforth of Brimstone Artworks and m-tec. The 12.5 metre sculpture was fabricated from duplex stainless steel, laser cut, welded with a glass bead blast finish to the artists specification, to produce the sycamore leaf shaped sculpture. The sculpture provides a focal point in a new 450-acre urban business park, developed by Ask:Akeler Developments, located in East Manchester’s Regeneration Zone. The the sculpture creates a bold and sophisticated centrepiece, which incorporates references to growth, development and regeneration. The overall feeling is one of organic creation, complemented by the use of contemporary man-made materials.

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NAOSHIMA PAVILION

Location: Kagawa, Japan
Architects: Sou Fujimoto Architects

On the port side of Naoshima, renowned as an island of art and architecture, the artist designed a small public space where local residents and tourists can relax. It was anticipated that it would function as a community space and also a new landmark. The town of Naoshima which previously consisted of 27 islands, decided to create one more, the 28th island. 

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Published: 13/4/2018
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KAFKA

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Artist: David Černý

Located in a busy shopping center in Prague, this twisting and reflective sculpture depicting the head of writer Franz Kafka is the latest kinetic artwork by controversial Czech artist David Černý. Installed in 2014, the enormous mirrored bust is comprised of 42 independently driven layers of stainless steel and weighs in at some 45 tons. The pieces move in complete synchrony to form and dissolve the author’s face, creating an ever-in-flux ‘metal-morphosis.’ A closer look at the bust reveals Kafka’s famous mid-parted hairstyle and sharp features.

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DARWEN SPITFIRE MEMORIAL

Location: Darwen, United Kingdom

Darwen was the smallest town in the UK to finance a spitfire during WWII, and the Spitfire memorial will be a lasting reminder of the Town’s contribution to the War Effort. The sculpture has taken two years to complete; at a cost of £175k and was funded, manufactured and donated by the WEC Group to the people of Darwen. This donation is to recognise and remember the contribution the people of Darwen made when they managed to raise the cost to purchase a spitfire for use in the R.A.F.

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DANCE OF THE EMERGING FOUNTAIN

Location: Paris, France
Artist: Chen Zhen

The fountain was created in 2000 by the French-Chinese artist Chen Zhen for the new neighbourhood that was being developed near the modern National Library. The snake-like dragon rises out of a wall and dives into the ground towards the Seine river.

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BEIJING BOULDER ART

Location: World Art Sculpture Park, China

This amazing piece was created by the Beijing Sino Sculpture Group and features a stainless steel panel 25 metres long and six metres high, beautifully polished to a mirror finish. It looks for all the world as though a magic boulder has been split in half, apparently revealing a magnificent jewel within. 

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AEOLUS

Location: Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom
Artist: Luke Jerram

Aeolus was the ruler of the four winds in Greek mythology. The sculpture Aeolus is a giant stringed musical instrument, an acoustic and optical pavilion designed to make the silent shifting patterns of the wind audible and to visually amplify the ever changing sky. The sculpture is a giant aeolian harp. Vibrations in strings attached to some of the tubes are transferred through skins covering the tops, and projected down through the tubes towards the listener standing beneath the arch.

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2018 PYEONGCHANG WINTER OLYMPIC ICE-HOCKEY STADIUM

Location: Kwandong, Korea

For the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, lean duplex stainless steel was applied to the exterior of the Kwandong Hockey Centre. The stadium is located 7 km away from the coast and it was required that the steel have at least 316L-grade corrosion resistance. Because of budget overrun concerns, POSCO recommended its Lean Duplex 329LD Steel. Its corrosion resistance is above that of the required 316L steel and because of its high strength, thinner applications of the steel could be used in the final design. In addition, vibration surface treatment was applied in order to add texture to the surface of the exterior, giving the building a more modern touch.

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Published: 26/1/2018
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WRAP HOUSE

Location: Surrey, UK
Architects: Edgley Design

This project involved the renovation of a 1960s house which had fallen into disrepair. The interior was re-designed, the house was extended and re-insulated, and parts of its exterior were clad with reflective polished 316L stainless steel, contrasted with dark zinc fascias. The resultant design creates a strong connection with the beautiful countryside.

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Published: 31/1/2017
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OPEN SKY SHOPPING CENTER

Location: Metz, France
Architects: Gianni Ranaulo Design

To enhance the effect of this re-designed row of shop windows, the architect, Gianni Ranaulo Design used mirror-finished stainless steel (Uginox Bright) to completely cover the structure. The stainless steel finish covers the entire building extending from the two internal and external façades through to the broad canopy that covers the route followed by visitors.

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Published: 31/1/2017
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RUNDLE MALL DEVELOPMENT

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Architects: Hassel Architects

A modern and innovative design using coloured and textured stainless steel has left an impressive statement on an Adelaide streetscape.
South Australia’s premier shopping district Rundle Mall underwent a full makeover from 2012-2014 as part of the Adelaide City Council’s initiative to revitalise the precinct.

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Published: 31/1/2017
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THE TIGER ENCLOSURE

Location: London, UK
Structural Engineers: David Dexter Associates

The new compound of the Sumatran Tigers of the London Zoo was designed with the help of conservationists and experts to ensure that it meets the needs of these magnificent creatures.

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Published: 31/1/2017
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DREAM DOWNTOWN HOTEL

Location: New York, USA
Architects: Frank Fusaro, AIA, Partner, Handel Architects

Dream Downtown Hotel is a 184,000 SF boutique hotel in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City. The 12-story building includes 316 guestrooms, two restaurants, rooftop and VIP lounges, outdoor pool and pool bar, a gym, event space, and ground floor retail.

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Published: 31/1/2017
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ROOF OF THE RITZ CARLTON HOTEL

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, with 17 World Heritage sites, has strict landscape ordinances regulating the height and design of buildings. Against this background, the roof of the hotel is patterned according to Japan’s traditional building technique of Sukiya-construction and the ferritic SUS445J2 sand-blasted stainless steel provides a “matt-looking finish”.

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Published: 31/1/2017
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MONUMENTS FEATURING SOCCER BALL SHAPED WATER RECEIVING TANKS

Location: Gifu University, Japan
Architect: Nobuo Matsuhisa

These Award winning tanks were fabricated from 304 and 316 stainless steel to hold and distribute water, while giving the outward appearance of giant football sculptures.

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Published: 31/1/2017
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MEDIALIBRARY

Location: La Madeleine, France
Architects: TANK

The existing building, facing the market place, provides the entrance and the public space. It has a hall, an auditorium, an exhibition space, a cafeteria and a pedagogic workshop. This reception area naturally leads people to another universe which is much quieter - the extension.

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Published: 31/1/2017
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FUJI SWIMMING POOLS

Location: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Architects: Showa Sekkei

The Shizuoka Prefectural Swimming Pool was planned as the main venue for the National Sports Festival in 2003. The enclosing structure was designed by the architects Show Sekkei and was clad is grade 220M stainless steel produced by NSSC.

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NEW STREET STATION

New Street Station
Location: Birmingham, UK
Architects: AZPML

Highly polished 316 stainless steel gives a new look for the New Street Station in Birmingham, England. More than 8 000 bright polished, laser-cut panels of stainless steel, totalling 20 000 square meters, will form the façade of the station.

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DATACUBE

Location: Münchenstein, Switzerland
Architects: ffbk Architects

The data stronghold is situated in the vicinity of an industrial area near the Swiss town of Basel. By today’s standards the Quickline datacenter is the most advanced data storage center in Switzerland. Offering redundant infrastructure as well as multi-level security systems the cube can also show off with its exemplary energy efficiency.

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DALARNA MEDIA LIBRARY

Location: Falun, Sweden
Architects: Adept aps and Sou Fujimoto Architects
Advisors: TOPOTEK1, Ramboli A/S and Bosch and Fjord

The new library at Dalarna University is now open to the public. The building was designed by the architectural firm ADEPT and re-interprets the library in a multi-functional design and is laid out as a 3000 square metre ’spiral of knowledge’ that naturally integrates into the surrounding landscape at the Campus in Falun, Sweden.

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DAYCARE WITH 3D FACADE

Location: Essen, Germany
Architects: JSWD Architekten and Chaix&Morel et Associés

The headquarters of ThyssenKrupp AG in Essen, Germany, include a kindergarten building. The architects were a consortium of JSWD Architekten, Cologne, and Chaix & Morel et Associés, Paris. They designed a stainless steel façade using 316L material, perforated and polished to 240 gritwidth which gives a soft matte appearance.

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A WALK TO REMEMBER

Location: Newcastle, Australia
Architects: EJE Architecture

Combining the breath-taking natural beauty of Australia’s eastern coastline with the timeless beauty of stainless steel, a new walkway has been constructed around the cliffs of Newcastle, linking Strzelecki Lookout and Bar Beach. Named the Newcastle Memorial Walk to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, the walkway was opened on 24 April 2015.

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ALPHA MATRIX BUILDING

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: A.A.E./Taketo Shimohigochi

This building is located in the Ginza district of Tokyo. It has a wall featuring a number of circular holes punched into thick sheets of mirror-finished stainless steel, giving the building a very distinctive appearance.

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DE BEERS GINZA BUILDING

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architects: Jun Mitsui & Associates Architects

Located in the fashionable Ginza area of Tokyo, this building, designed by the architects Jun Mitsui and Associates was inspired by the twisting form of light in motion, which is reflected by the interesting use of five rows of 1000 mm wide 316L stainless steel panels with a very special polished finish.

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SAINT MARIA MAGGIORE CATHEDRAL

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Architect: Kenzo Tange

The Tokyo Cathedral was designed in 1964 by Kenzo Tange, the famous architect. For the latest renovation project, ferritic stainless steel with a very high corrosion resistance was selected for the exterior walls.

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MUSEE DES CONFLUENCES

Location: Lyon, France
Architects: Ross Wolfgang Buttress

The Musée des Confluences is a Science Centre and Anthropology Museum which was opened in Lyon in 2014. It is a stunning example of the beauty and agility of a combination of stainless steel and glass in architecture. 

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LEN LYE MUSEUM

Location: New Plymouth, New Zealand
Architects: Patterson Architects

A strikingly different use of stainless steel in architectural applications can be found in the city of New Plymouth, New Zealand, where the award winning Len Lye Center is to be found at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

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VASES DES JARDIN DES TUILERIES

Location: Paris, France
Architects: Juan Garaizábal

Born in Madrid in 1971, Juan Garaizábal is a conceptual artist best known internationally for his monumental public sculptures.
His “Urban Memories” recuperate lost architectural elements by means of sculpture and light.
One of the most recent works is “Vases des Jardin des Tuileries”, his interpretation of the vases that once stood in the garden of Tuileries Palace in Paris, made of stainless steel and wood or brick.

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THE SEASONAL FLOWERS

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Artists: Naoya Sakagami and Art Associates Yat

The Seasonal Flowers (Toki-no-hana) are sculptures made from 400-micron 304 stainless steel sheets and are displayed in the South Wing of Terminal 1 of Tokyo International Airport to represent Japanese beauty. The work consists of three flowers signifying “crescent moon” “half moon” and “full moon” respectively as well as dancing flower petals imbedded in the glass siding.

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VENUS RISING

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Artist: Ross Wolfgang Buttress

This sculpture is entitled Venus Rising and was designed by the public space artist Wolfgang Buttress, who took his inspiration from the Fibonacci Spiral as well as the intersecting spines of a Nautilus Shell. The structure stands 23 metres high and is located in the Stainless Steel Sculpture Park at Kangaroo Point Park, overlooking the river in Brisbane.

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REFLECT

Location: Rosemead, USA
Artist: Heath Satow

This moving sculpture, designed by Heath Satow denotes a pair of hands holding up an I-beam which was salvaged from the World Trade Center after it had collapsed on 11 September 2001. The sculpture is composed of 2,976 individual pieces formed into stylized bird silhouettes, each of which represents a life which was lost in the terrorist attack. For added corrosion resistance in the coastal city environment of New York, the designer specified 316 stainless steel.

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SYMBIOSIS

Location: Turku, Finland
Artist: Stefan Lindfors

Because the coastal area environment is very aggressive the artist Stefan Lindfors selected Outokumpu Supra 316/4401 for the stainless steel material for his artwork “Symbiosis”, located by the River Aura in Turku, Finland.

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MEMORIAL

Location: Utøya, Norway
Architects: 3RW arkitekter

The Utøya Island in Norway was the scene of one of the most awful crimes in the country’s history. Sixty nine people, most of whom were children, were murdered here by a single gunman on 22 July 2011. Those affected by this tragic event decided to use the natural beauty of the island as a backdrop for a memorial to those who lost their lives. The architects 3RW arkitekter were commissioned to design this particular moving memorial, featuring a ring made from stainless steel.

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REFLECTIVE LULLABY FRANKIE

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Artist: Gregor Kregar

The Gnome, also known as “Reflective Lullaby- Frankie” is a stainless steel sculpture, standing 9 metres high, which was made from mirror polished 316 material. The structure was fabricated with stainless steel pipes and sheets ranging from 2.5-3mm.

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LIGHT MEANDER

Location: Nashville, USA
Artists: HADDAD | DRUGAN, LCC

The free form of Light Meander, a sculpture in Nashville’s West Riverfront Park, is based on the meandering Cumberland River as it passes through Davidson County. The art channels the river’s dynamic flow through a variety of effects created by the interplay of light and material. The river-facing side is finished with mirror polished stainless steel that creates playful distortions through its folding reflections.

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UNDER THE SUN

Location: Victoria, Australia
Architects: Robert Owen and Joanna Buckley

According to Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun”. Well, now, thanks to the imaginative design of Melbourne artists, Robert Owen and Joanna Buckley, there is a new sculpture entitled “Under the Sun” at the entrance to Stockland’s Point Cook Centre, in Victoria, Australia. This mesmerising art form is a 1300 kg stainless steel sculpture with a diameter of 6.5 meters, suspended above the entrance as to resemble the moon floating over the earth.

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THE KELPIES

Location: Scotland
Artist: Andy Scott

Towering thirty meters above the Forth and Clyde canal in central Scotland, the Kelpies can claim to be among the world’s most exciting pieces of public art. Scottish sculptor Andy Scott’s massive pair of equine heads is inspired by the powerful heavy horses that worked the canal towpaths in times gone by.

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GIN DISTILLERY

Location: Basingstroke, UK
Architects: Thomas Heatherwick, London
Structural Engineering: ARUP (glass house), London

On the site of a historic corn mill, the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery unites the company headquarters and production facilities. The focal point of the redevelopment is two botanical glasshouses, one tropical and the other Mediterranean. Heated with the waste thermal energy from the distillation process, they house and cultivate ten important plant species used in the gin-making process. The precision-engineered structures are constructed from 893 individually crafted pieces involving more than a kilometre of bronze-coloured stainless steel framing.

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REGIONAL PARLIAMENT OF THE FRENCHSPEAKING COMMUNITY

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Architects: SKOPE, Brussels
Structural Engineering: Ariade, Brussels (nodes)

The Parliament of the French-speaking community in Brussels was erected in the historic city centre of the Belgian capital Brussels. The architects created a facade, which was modern, on the one hand, and blended well with the UNESCO world heritage-listed environment, on the other. Additionally, the structure is a model of energy-saving design close to passive house standards. The solution is a ventilated double facade, made up of hexagonal elements of varying dimensions. They were welded from type 304 (EN 1.4301) stainless steel rectangular hollow sections of 120 x 40 x 4 mm and painted black.

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PRIVATE RESIDENCE

Location: Connecticut, USA
Architects: Daniel Libeskind, New York

The cladding in bronze interference stainless steel makes the building envelope of this home as spectacular as its geometry. The material was chosen for the tight bends and hard edges that achieve a remarkable, almost crystalline appearance. Stainless was chosen for its durability and ease of maintenance. The mirror reflection which is unaffected by the electrochemical colouring process, coupled with the dark interference colour, produces a surreal image of the surroundings.

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BURBERRY

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Architects: Solomon Cordwell Buenz and associates, Chicago, Illinois

The flagship store for the Burberry Company in Chicago had to be eye-catching. In designing the facade, the architects were inspired by the idea of a package which is wrapped in glossy black paper and silver ribbons. Stainless steel was selected because the specific colouring processes for this material maintain the original metallic surface effect of the substrate. The stainless steel sheet was v-cut and formed into precisely outlined facade elements.

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SHOPPING CENTER

Location: Doncaster, Victoria, Australia
Architects: Westfield Design and Construction, Sydney

In late 2008 the shopping centre completed a major refurbishment doubling the complex’s size. Central to the new look and feel is the building’s ultra contemporary and striking clad facade that features coloured (red) stainless steels whose hues change with the time of the day. The perceived colour results from light interference within the passive layer which is artificially thickened by an electrochemical process. The passive layer is in itself fully colourless and does not involve any dyes. For this reason it is  insensitive to ultraviolet radiation and will not fade over time, which is an asset in the sunny climate of Australia. The substrate material had a rolled-on “Perla” finish, which serves three purposes. It reduces unwanted reflections, enhances optical flatness and increases the mechanical strength of the sheet through work-hardening, which made it possible to reduce the wall thickness from 1.5 to 1.2 mm.

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EISENHOWER HIGH SCHOOL

Location: Yakima, Washington, USA
Architects: KDF Architecture, Yakima, Washington

In their choice of materials and colours, the architects were inspired by the surrounding orchard landscape. The reflections of Yakima River, to which the town owes it name, were reproduced by electrochemically coloured stainless steel. Skilfully controlled variation in process times enabled the supplier to match the desired range of depth. As the cladding consists of stainless steel shingles, these were combined into a random pattern that contrasts with the warm colours of the brick used on the other walls of the building.

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CHAPEL OF MIHO ART SCHOOL

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Architects: I. M. Pei and io Architects, New York
Structural Engineering: Leslie E. Robertson Associates, New York

The Chapel is the focal point of the MiHo Institute of Aesthetics, a boarding school for 240 students. The site is dedicated to the Shumei spiritual movement, for which the appreciation of art and the respect for nature are key elements. High architectural standards are part of the philosophy. The outer panels of the Chapel consist of trapezoidal stainless steel panels. Each of them is 18.5 m long and shaped into a unique computer-generated twisted geometry.

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CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY TARONGA ZOO

Location: Sydney, Australia
Architects: Jackson Teece Architects, Sydney

A stainless steel wire mesh system was used to refurbish a chimpanzee habitat, which should create a stimulating environment for the animals and allow visitors to watch them. The technical requirements had to take into account the remarkable strength of the animals and the corrosive coastal climate. The design involves 770 m² of blackened stainless steel wire mesh and 140 m² of non-climbable surfaces made from perforated stainless steel steel coated black. The fasteners are made from polished stainless steel and were specifically passivated prior to use.

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GOVERNADOR PLÁCIDO CASTELO STADIUM CASTELÃO ARENA

Location: Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Architects: Vigliecca & Associados, São Paulo (refurbishment)

The stadium in Fortaleza city in the North East of the country, called Castelão, hosted six World Cup matches. Designed for 64,000 persons and initially opened in 1973, it recently went through two years of refurbishments. The façade was entirely rebuilt using stainless steel stretch metal. The principle: by slitting sheet metal and expanding it, the material naturally shapes into a structurally optimal geometry. The stretching process is carefully controlled to produce the desired ratio of open and closed surfaces. Although the original 2B surface used is quite bright, the reflection of the stretch metal is diffuse. It reflects heat away from the building without causing glare. The molybdenum-bearing ferritic grade 444 was found to be technically and economically an optimal solution for the environment. In addition to the external frame, stainless steel was used on railings, handrails at VIP areas, lavatories and locks of the stadium.

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ALLIANZ PARQUE PALMEIRAS STADIUM

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Architects: Edo Rocha, São Paulo

The Allianz Park Palmeiras is a multi-functional arena that specifically serves the needs of a well-known São Paulo soccer team. Stainless steel tube and strip are combined into a proprietary facade system called “Stripweave”. It provides an optimal balance between transparency and reflectivity for the hot and sunny climate of the region. As a material, higher alloyed ferritic grade 444 was identified as the best choice for the project. As an iron, chromium, molybdenum alloy, it is particularly price stable. The added molybdenum provides the necessary corrosion resistance for an urban environment.

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BASCULE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

Location: Lyon, France
Architects: Patricia Colinet, PCCP, Paris
Structural Engineering: Groupe Alto, Gentilly (France)

At the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône in Lyon, a new quarter has grown around a new iconic museum. As part of the upgraded environment, a pedestrian bridge leads over a former dock which is now devoted to leisure activities. The structure was designed as a bascule bridge to allow also larger ships to enter the dock. The architects suggested a filigree shape, which should be outlined during the night by LED lighting. The aesthetic ambitions made weight saving essential and led to the selection of duplex stainless steel. Its high mechanical strength made it possible to reduce wall thickness by about 30% compared with carbon steel. The material ensures a long and virtually maintenance free service life. Making applied corrosion protection redundant, duplex stainless steel also contributes to the high sustainability profile of the bridge.

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CENTRAL STATION

Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects, Amsterdam, MVSA Meyer & Van Schooten Architects, Amsterdam together with West 8, Rotterdam (Team CS)

Rotterdam is the biggest sea port of Europe and number three world-wide. High-speed rail traffic and growing passenger numbers required an extension and full renewal of the station. The building envelope should be iconic on the one hand and reliably withstand the corrosive conditions of a coastal and urban environment on the other. Totalling 30,000 m³, both the horizontal and the vertical parts of the roof structure were clad with stainless steel. Seam-welded austenitic stainless steel is the only metallic solution for roofs which have flat or only mildly inclined roof surfaces. The seams ensure long-term water tightness, even in permanently submerged zones.

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RAIL UNDERPASS

Location: Sartrouville, France
Architects: EXIT Paysagistes, Bordeaux (France)
Structural Engineering: OGI, Montreuil (France)
Light design: Agence ON, Paris

For the refurbishment of a railway underpass in Sartrouville near the French capital, the architects decided to use stainless steel. Blue floor lights are reflected by the embossed cladding and provide basic illumination day and night. The pattern was inspired by the Milky Way and consists of nearly 400 panels with 100 different, individually embossed patterns. The supporting structure is composed of rectangular hollow sections mechanically fastened to omega sections. It is equally made from stainless steel to withstand the combined corrosive influence of humidity and exhaust gases.

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STEEL COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

Location: China
Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCPA), New Haven, Connecticut

The Shanghai headquarters of Baosteel include three buildings with a total facade surface of 48,000 m². Avoiding “light pollution” was among the priorities of the architects, who chose a pattern-rolled stainless steel surface. Mock-ups showed the consistency of their surface effects under various viewing angles and on rounded surfaces. For the company’s Southern headquarters in Guangzhou (centre and right), an identical facade material was specified for the 140 meter-high office building.

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INTERNATIONAL GEM TOWER

Location: New York City, USA
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York

Located in the Diamond District of New York City, 55 West 46th Street is specifically created for the gem and jewellery trade. The 34-story tower is wrapped in a three-dimensional, folded glass facade. The geometry of the stainless steel facade elements is reminiscent of the facets of a diamond. The interplay of light and glass creates dynamic, ever-changing reflections. In fabrication and installation, great care was taken to ensure flatness of the highly reflective sheet metal. The facade contractor developed a design which included vertical stiffeners to ensure perfectly even surfaces.

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5 BROADGATE

Location: London, UK
Architects: make Architects, London

For the new UBS Headquarters in London, make Architects started from the visual concept of a giant motor block. This idea is implemented by covering the building with glass and Linen-patterned stainless steel sheets. The individual sheets are up to 6 m long. Stainless steel is the dominant facade material. While the proportion of the glass is relatively small, the large stainless steel surfaces reflect heat away from the building and reduce greenhouse effects typical of glazed structures. This design reduces the need for cooling and contributes to the energy-efficiency of the building.

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LA VELA

Location: Madrid, Spain
Architects: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
Structural Engineering: Ortiz Leon Arquitectos, Madrid

“La Vela” (“the sail”) is the name of the iconic seat of the new headquarters of the Spanish Bank BBVA. Although the overall shape of the 93 m high building is that of an ellipse, the actual design involves a total of 36 different curvatures. The semi-reflective 2B surface is smooth enough to ensure good self-cleaning properties. In the hot climate of central Spain, it reflects infrared radiation away from the building and reduces the energy consumed for cooling. It helped the building to be granted LEED Gold certification. At the same time, the finish keeps light pollution to acceptable levels and prevents glare which is important in view of the nearby motorway.

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ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER

Location: New York, USA
Architects: David Childs, Daniel Libeskind, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Illinois

Next to the site of the former Twin Towers,  the One World Trade Center rises above the 9/11 memorial. For the bright accentuated edges of the chamfered structure, the architects requested a surface that should have the proven  mechanical and dirt-repellent properties of patterned stainless steel while being somewhat brighter than the commercially available “Linen” finish. Based on digital technology, the supplier developed a new method which produces a true random pattern without any repetitive structures. It makes the surface effect essentially independent of the viewing angle or the angle of incident light and provides maximum consistency.

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PING AN FINANCE CENTER

Location: Shenzhen, China
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), New York

With a height of 599 m and over 100 office floors, the Ping An Finance Center will be the tallest building in Shenzhen. Linen-finished stainless steel was selected for its material contrast with the other visually dominant materials which are glass and stone. The reflective surface also contributes to the sustainability of the building, which is LEED gold pre-certified.

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HACEROS INOLVIDABLES

Location: Cuautitlán, Mexico
Architect: Enrique Espinosa Fernández

On the occasion of the Centenary of Stainless Steel, the Mexican Stainless Steel Institute, IMINOX, launched the competition for a monument which should celebrate another centenary - that of the Mexican Army. The sculpture was given the name “Haceros Inolvidables” (“Making you unforgettable”), which sounds similar to “aceros inoxydables” (“stainless steel”). A long-lasting material symbolizes a lasting memory. The monument was fabricated in segments in the workshop to ensure maximum accuracy, transported on site and assembled there using stainless steel mechanical fasteners and adhesive bonding.

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LIFTS OF THE MONUMENT OF THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Architect: Enrique Espinoza Fernández

Finished in 1938, the Monument of the Mexican Revolution, measuring 67 m in height, is still considered the tallest triumphal arch in the world. To facilitate access to the dome and make it more attractive for visitors to the museum underneath, a lift was added. Among the competing concepts, an elegant yet unobtrusive design was finally selected which remained essentially respectful of the symmetrical layout of the building. It involved a filigree, transparent steel-and-glass lift shaft which rises right in the centre of the square monument. The mixed material design encompasses a carbon steel load bearing structure which is clad with stainless steel. The full metal design is also beneficial from a safety point of view because it is tolerant to seismic activities. Also the ancillary structural components such as the glass holders and other fasteners and the handrails are from stainless steel.

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FONDS RÉGIONAL D ART CONTEMPORAIN

Location: Île-de-France, Marne et Gondoire, France
Architects: Bona-Lermercier architectes, Paris et Xavier Veilhan, Paris (artist) together with Alexis Bertrand, Paris (scenographer)

The castle and park of Rentilly near Paris, whose history goes back to the early 16th century, have been transformed into a centre of modern art. The architects, with the support of a well-known French artist, clad the historic building with mirror-polished stainless steel. Great care was taken to ensure maximum optical flatness in the sheet but also in the fabrication of the facade elements and their installation. Mirroring its environment, the building merges with the surrounding park.

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CHRIST OF CHIAPAS

Location: Copoya, Tuxla Guttièrrez, Chiapas, Mexico
Architect: Jaime Latapí López

The 62 metre-high statue is a multi-metal design, which involves a carbon steel primary structure, an aluminium secondary structure and a stainless steel outer skin. The stainless steel sheet is adhesively bonded to the supports to avoid galvanic corrosion. The inner surface is outlined in gold to convey the idea of “Christ of Light”.

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ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

Location: Edmonton, Canada
Architects: Randall Stout Architects, Los Angeles

This museum, designed by the late Randall Stout, is a piece of sculpture in itself. The fabricator made the forms and shapes using his proprietary “ZEPP” technology driven by digital fabrication techniques. The panels were pre-assembled before the custom finish of the stainless steel was applied. Internal stainless steel gutters and downspouts were concealed within the forms. The ribbons of stainless steel move inside and outside the building at once forming the walls of the stairways then wrapping to make the ceiling of the entry and venturing outside to shade people on the walk.

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BICENTENARY TOWERS

Location: Toluca, Mexico
Architect: Guillermo Maya López

The monument was erected in commemoration of the bicentenary of Mexican independence. The intertwining halves were given a complex three-dimensional curvature, which required a material that was exceptionally formable - also in the joints. At night, twenty spotlights illuminate the structure and create the impression that the sculptural monument is itself shining from within - an effect in which the reflective surface is instrumental.

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FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON

Location: Paris, France
Architects: Frank Gehry, Los Angeles and STUDIOS Architecture, San Francisco and Paris
Structural Engineering: RFR, T/E/S/S, Paris

A ghost ship with billowing sails was the idea that the architect had in mind when conceiving a unique structure for the art collection of French tycoon Bernard Arnaud. Twelve glass sails span over the “Iceberg”, the central volume housing the exhibition. A combined wood and steel design was selected for the primary structure of the sails. 540 duplex stainless steel inserts join the wooden elements with the steel components, which include 430 geometrically complex nodes made from composite carbon steel and duplex stainless steel plate 120 mm thick. The secondary structure, which holds the customized glazed elements, is fully made from duplex stainless steel type 2205, which was selected for its mechanical properties. Compared with an equivalent structure in 316, weight was reduced by about 30%. The structure involves 10 km of curved mullions, 5 km of transoms and 2 km of gutters for rainwater drainage made from 20 mm thick duplex stainless steel. Besides 9,000 “ears” for connectors and hundreds of securing fasteners, also tension rods for the structure and rails for the suspended cleaning cradles were all made from 2205 duplex stainless steel. The interior water piping was fully designed in type 316L stainless steel. (Information courtesy of IMOA)

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ART SCIENCE MUSEUM AT MARINA BAY SANDS

Location: Singapore
Architects: Safdie Architects, Boston

Located in the centre of the business district, the Art Science Museum is reminiscent of a lotus flower. Based on a round centrepiece, it extends into eleven “fingers” which house a total of 21 different exhibition spaces. The outer shell is a composite design made from glass fibre-reinforced cement for the rounded surfaces of the “petals” and stainless steel for the reflective sides.

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ELY AND EDITH BROAD ART MUSEUM

Location: LANSING, MICHIGAN, USA
Architects: Zaha Hadid, London

In the selection process, mock-ups of various materials competed with one another and stainless steel came out best. A proprietary directional finish called Angel Hair® produced exactly the degree of reflectivity that the architect requested. Precisely formed cleats were another requirement. Because of its formability, stainless steel could be bent to a radius even smaller than the material thickness of 1.5 mm. To this end, V-shaped grooves were applied to the rear side of the sheet before bending. This operation was executed with a precision of 0.005 mm. Grade 316L was preferred because in winter de-icing salt is used on adjacent roads and footpaths and chloride-containing projections may occur.

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