Architects will appreciate the opportunities for architectural expression in steel illustrated in these projects, such as the:
  • clear expression of function enabled by externally exposed steel structure
  • use of tubular members to provide efficient design with aesthetically slender members
  • flexibility of openings in members, which can be used to accentuate ‘lightness’ or to accommodate services
  • easy forming of curved members
  • structural efficiency of tension members, particularly for long-span enclosures
  • ability to design connections as ‘architectural statements’ with refined detailing
  • flexibility of managing fire resistance of exposed steelwork, utilising intumescent coatings, concrete filling or water filling (of tubular sections)
  • visual effect enabled through colour and finish of coating steelwork, through painting, galvanising or other proprietary finishes.