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10 Famous Steel Buildings in the World
Modern architecture reflects unorthodox designs and technological revolution. Buildings of this era are not just aesthetically stunning, but also incorporate strength and durability like ever before. Steel and metal building materials are gradually replacing conventional concrete and wood structures for obvious reasons. Buildings reinforced with steel are energy-efficient and long-lasting; pre-engineered steel structures are easy to assemble, require low maintenance, and radiate elegance.
These world-famous steel buildings should inspire you to use steel in your next construction project:
1. Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland is a sight to behold with its black stainless steel exterior. The mirror finish reflects the surrounding city, giving it a magical appearance. The museum is an important part of the city’s cultural and educational foundation. The 34,000-foot structure is visually appealing, technically innovative, and operationally practical.
2. The Empire State Building in New York
The Empire State Building in New York is a masterpiece of real estate. It is not just the symbol of American pride but was once the tallest skyscraper in the world. It is among the first steel-based buildings that were constructed within 13 months.
3. Burj Khalifa in Dubai
The Burk Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, and it is made out of reinforced steel. This intimidating tower took five years to build and was inaugurated in 2009, instantly grabbing worldwide fame. Flights taking off and landing in Dubai had to be redirected in order to avoid aviation accidents with the 163-floor glorious tower in the way.
4. The U.S Steel Tower in Pittsburgh
This building made from more than 40,000 tons of steel was named U.S Steel Tower in 1988 to showcase U.S steel’s newfound corporate identity. This 260 meters tall tower is inhabited with commercial offices and stands out with its unique triangular shape.
5. Taipei 101 Tower in Taiwan
This neat-looking tower in Taiwan, formerly known as the Taipei Financial Trade Center, used to be the world’s tallest building until Burj Khalifa came along. The name, Taipei 101 Tower signifies the number of floors in the building, and this tower accurately represents how strong steel buildings can be. It is a giant among its fellow buildings and houses one of the fastest elevators on earth.
6. Investcorp Building in St. Anthony’s College, Oxford
This 1200 square meters space building, which constitutes a library, lecture theatre, and archive looks gorgeous with its smooth curve made of stainless steel. Now open to the public for touring, it has become a major attraction at St. Anthony College.
7. The Steel House in Texas
A sculptor named Robert Bruno spent 23 years building a house of steel for himself. Unfortunately, he never got to put the finishing touches and move in. He died in 2008, and it seems like completion of this project was not part of his estate plan. The extraordinary handiwork still stands and has become a famous landmark in Lubbock, Texas.
8. Aon Center in Chicago
This 88-story skyscraper in Chicago is the home to a world-famous insurance broker, Aon. The tubular steel frame of the building protects it from earthquakes and other weather anomalies. It is the third-largest steel-reinforced building in the world.
9. The New York Times Tower
At a height of 319 meters, the New York Times tower is perhaps one of the most dynamic buildings ever witnessed. It incorporates a range of green features, such as a dimmable light system, double skin curtain walls, and an underfloor air distribution system.
10. The Center in Central Hong Kong
The Center, located in the central business district of Hong Kong, is a mammoth steel structure, without a reinforced concrete core. It was built within a short time period of three years and looks marvelous.