Stainless steel has been a primary component in urban design since the Industrial Revolution. So spectacular architectural landmarks in major cities are a perfect example of Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS).
The era of the Industrial Revolution produced some of the most iconic urban buildings constructed of stainless steel, including exposed structural elements that were highly decorative. In modern urban design and construction, the use of stainless steel profiles is even gaining in popularity. Stainless steel has much to offer visually and practically. Hence, we see the use of more stainless steel structural building elements, as well as in decorative applications. But there are many more advantages to using AESS in modern city projects.
Stainless Steel Offers Strength, Durability, and Flexibility
Stainless steel is a high strength material that is also very ductile. Special shapes of stainless steel can withstand large loads and span long distances. Additionally, they are better able to handle tensile stresses than other framing materials. That allows for larger open expanses of space. This is a plus for interior designers wishing to highlight floating stairs and wide open atrium spaces with green living walls. All of these urban design ideas contribute to our overall health and wellbeing.
Furthermore, stainless steel is so corrosion resistant that it is almost timeless. It will not succumb to the damage from pollutants that are common in urban environments. This also makes the material virtually maintenance free.
The ductility and finish options of stainless steel lend it to be well suited for to sculptural elements in urban design.
Sustainability of Stainless Steel
With more municipal projects that keep the guidelines of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in mind and being environmentally friendly, using stainless steel components is a wise choice. Most of the steel we use in construction is a hundred percent recyclable. Hence, we can repurpose and use it over and over in construction. At Stainless Structurals we recycle the waste produced in the manufacturing processes of our stainless steel shapes and sections.
Exceptional Curtain Walls in Urban Design
Glass curtain walls are one of the most popular building façade options in urban design and architecture. Sleekly detailed steel curtain wall framing members add a degree of elegance to the entire façade system with minimal impact to daylight and view. Properly sized components give a lightness to buildings. This is very desirable, especially when a building is lit up at night. Our custom, laser fused profiles have sharp, clean edges and minimal bead welds that are nearly invisible.
Health and Safety
Stainless steel does not oxidize, nor does it succumb to damage from exposure to water, or chemical cleaning agents. This makes AESS extremely easy to clean. It does not absorb bacteria either. You can feel safer in an urban space. Especially public spaces, such as a metropolitan hospital, have mostly been constructed with exposed stainless steel components.
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