Stainless steel facades
The development of stainless steel in 1912 provided architects with a new exciting building material with the ideal combination of high strength, excellent corrosion resistance, workability and a modern progressive image. For more than 70 years, stainless steel has provided the external weatherproof component of many of the world's tallest buildings from the Chrysler Building in 1930 to the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur in the 1990's. Advances in materials processing and finishing technology, particularly during the past decade, provide the architect today with an increased range of stainless steels higher quality, strength and with a wide selection of surface finishes available for the interior and exterior of buildings.
The purpose of this publication is to illustrate the use of stainless steel for the exterior cladding of buildings. Examples have been chosen of different building types in different environments.