Stainless steel outside? We all know it works well. But have you heard about 201 stainless steel? It’s a surprisingly nice metal for outdoor projects that require a blend of power, finesse, and beauty.
Corrosion of reinforcing steel and other ferrous metal is one of the biggest causes of deterioration in coastal construction projects. The invasion of salt and moisture -- inevitable near the ocean -- results in accelerated corrosion of reinforcing steel, exposing the vulnerable concrete within.
A great engineering or architectural project always starts with the ideal metals. Miss the mark, and you’re left with a too-expensive or sloppy product. It’s time to educate yourself on the pros and cons of the most popular materials for roll formed products so you’re starting your vendor on the[...]
Steel windows boast a sleek, modern look. They've been used by architects for generations in numerous residential and commercial settings. But despite their beauty and longevity, we count only three (three!) active steel window manufacturers in the United States. Notably, one of those[...]
Architectural design aims to balance economy, elegance, and efficiency. Perforated metal paneling and wire mesh certainly apply to all three.
Galvannealed and galvanized steels start out similarly. They are both dipped into a hot zinc bath (approximately 850° F), so the zinc bonds to the metal's surface. This coating increases the steel's durability and protects against corrosion.
It's the introduction of a secondary process that[...]
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.
Copper. Brass. Bronze. Reminiscent of the pharaohs in Egypt, the temples of Sri Lanka, the Gothic cathedrals of the East. These are the red metals - luxury metals.
What Is "Aesthetic"?
Aesthetic: The nature of art and judgments of beauty; the creation and appreciation of beauty. “What is art?” and “What do we mean when we say something is ‘beautiful’?”
Non-ferrous metals, especially the red metals, brought us out of the Stone Age and into the Copper and Bronze Ages. From 4500 BC to 1500 BC, copper and bronze dominated our primitive manufacturing systems.