If you’re interested in creative uses of architectural metal, look no further than HOK. They have many examples, but these are some of the most inspiring.
HOK's Inspirational Uses of Architectural Metal
1. Spire London
Spire London is a “residential tower,” the definition of luxury apartment living. At 771 feet high, it currently stands as the tallest residential tower in Western Europe.
It boasts bronze-colored metal detailing on the lower floors, with matching feature fins on its pavilion buildings.
The design uses mixed materials, with metal complementing the traditional brickwork and elegant marble.
2. University of Florida Research and Academic Center
Image: University of Florida
Image: GKD Metal Fabrics
The UFRAC uses a mixture of metal mesh, glass, and a steel skeleton to create a beautiful and functional design. The mesh blocks many detrimental effects of direct sunlight, while allowing natural light into the building. HOK worked with GKD Metal Fabrics to realize this sharp design.
The building is four stories with a multi-story atrium entry. 10 panels wrap around the exterior and connect to metal supports.
Metal was definitely a functional choice as well as aesthetic - Florida infrastructure needs to stand up against hurricane-force winds.
3. Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)
The ARTIC was born from a challenge: create an icon that would welcome a new age of transportation to the region. It currently serves as a transportation hub for more than 3 million people a year.
Its design matches ETFE technology to the geometry of its steel skeleton. The skeleton is structured to create a high-ceilinged atrium space that circulates air and light. The space is fresh and bright, even with the daily crush of people.
4. Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL
Image: Orlando Sentinel
Like the UFRAC, the Dali Museum in Florida needed to be strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds. The building is grounded by a hurricane-resistant box that encases a gorgeous glass structure.
The designer had a strong understanding of his purpose - he wanted to create a structure that participated in the artist’s work rather than competing or detracting from it.
One of the most notable design components is the double-helix glass and steel element inside the building. Glass and architectural metal come together to create a futuristic, surreal environment to match Dali’s art style.
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