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Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications

The purpose of the brochure, Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications, is to present a few examples which illustrate this trend, and which hopefully will inspire further creativity from the hugely talented field of architecture and design, combining the environmentally friendly nature of a surface which is not only long lasting, but easy to clean, with the prospect of new shapes, sizes and surface finishes. No matter how diverse they may be in terms of scope, purpose and product use, they have one thing in common: they combine an aesthetically pleasing appearance with an extended useful service life.

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Published: 12/12/2016
Last modified: 12/12/2016

Stainless Steel for Designers

It can sometimes be difficult to find a ready reference for the key properties of stainless steel. The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has published a new brochure which lists a comprehensive range of authoritative publications on this topic.

The corrosion resistant properties of stainless steels are well known to engineers and designers, as well as the general public. But other important properties may be less known, and stainless steel is frequently a good solution for reasons other than corrosion resistance.

ISSF has developed this brochure to provide a handy reference source to help engineers and designers to decide whether to use stainless steel, and, if so, which grade to use. The brochure has chapters dealing with a wide range of relevant topics, from abrasion resistance to fire resistance and further on to mechanical and physical properties. The publications to which it refers can be downloaded from links provided in the brochure.

The brochure is available here.

Published: 1/4/2016
Last modified: 1/4/2016

Green Walls in Stainless Steel

When designing a green facade, due consideration has to be given to wind, snow and ice loads, as well as to the weight of the plants themselves. In tensile cable systems the top-most fixing points take up all the vertical loading, wind load is distributed between both upper and lower fixing points. Because of the high stress involved, molybdenum-alloyed stainless steel is generally used in these applications, as it has both high-strength and good corrosion resistance. Euro Inox published a brochure on tensile cable systems, frame systems and planted walls.

This brochure is available in English, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish [clicking on the language will download a pdf]

Published: 24/11/2015
Last modified: 24/11/2015

Innovative Facades in Stainless Steel

For a long time, stainless steel was mainly reserved for the facades of large, eminent buildings. It is the prestige - less often the technical - image of the material that has undergone a significant transformation in recent years.

In this Euro Inox publication 16 illustrated stainless steel applications in facades can be found. It is available in English, Czech, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish [clicking on the language will download a pdf]

Published: 23/11/2015
Last modified: 23/11/2015

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. 

This publication is available in English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish [clicking on the language will open a pdf]

Published: 23/11/2015
Last modified: 23/11/2015

Guide to Stainless Steel Finishes

The purpose of this Euro Inox Guide is to:

  • show to the architect and designer the wide range of possible surfaces at his/her disposal
  • provide more detail on the processes involved
  • provide basic technical advice on their application

This guide is available in English, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish [clicking on the language will open a pdf]

Published: 23/11/2015
Last modified: 23/11/2015

Depth, Pattern and Texture The Third Dimension in Stainless Steel Surfaces

When choosing a material, architects are increasingly looking not only at functional performance but also at less quantifiable characteristics, such as aesthetic effect, colour and texture, all of which have an important effect on the final result. This goes hand in hand with advances in manufacturing processes which are opening up new possibilities. This Euro Inox brochure highlights some of the possibilities and gives many examples of where three-dimensional surface structures were used and how they are created.

This brochure is available in English, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, PolishSpanish, Swedish and Turkish [clicking on the language will download a pdf]

Published: 23/11/2015
Last modified: 23/11/2015

Built to Last - Stainless Steel as an Architectural Material

Only a couple of years after the invention of stainless steels, architects started discovering its potential for building and construction - in both visible and non-visible applications. The present publication shows just a few of the recent examples. However diverse they may be in terms of scope, purpose and product used, they have one thing in common: they are part of an architecture that is made to last.

This brochure is available in English and Chinese.

Published: 12/6/2015
Last modified: 12/6/2015

Stainless Steel in the Home of Tomorrow

There are many ways in which stainless steel contributes to making a home safer, more attractive, more comfortable, more ecologically friendly.

This animation will show you a few examples.

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Published: 11/5/2012
Last modified: 11/5/2012

Online Stainless Steel in Construction Information Centre

The Online Information Centre for Stainless Steel in Construction which contains over 100 resources about the design, specification, fabrication and installation of stainless steel in construction. The Information Centre provides access to a wide range of up-to-date information for architects, engineers, fabricators, installers and academics, including technical guidance, design software, design data, case studies and research papers.

Source: Steel Construction Institute

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Published: 11/5/2012
Last modified: 11/5/2012