For many years post the twentieth century, steel played only a supporting role in architecture and construction. But since the industrial revolution, the use of steel in architecture has been increasing in popularity and continues to evolve to this day.
At the turn of the twentieth century, the concept of support and walling using steel began to evolve into much wider use for steel. Before this, the primary materials were stone, brick and wood. It was discovered that the use of steel in architecture gave the possibility to taller, stronger and more widely adaptable and steel started to increase in popularity.
The Benefits Of Steel
The use of many forms for steel in architecture has been an important innovation in both the construction and architectural industries. Steel structures can span greater distances unsupported in both interior and exterior designs.
Steel offers strength, endurance and flexibility that older building materials were not able to produce. It also has the added benefit of corrosion resistance and limited damage from elemental exposure.
Even when steel is not the main feature material, it is still popular for use in structural support for almost all other materials. The added use of steel bolts, rivets and welding to hold together structures only adds to structural strength and integrity.
While much focus is placed on steel in architecture and construction of buildings, it is only used more and more when it comes to interior design and decorating. The minimalist industrial look is very popular and steel offer an opportunity for features such as floating stairs.
Steel often gives a lightness to buildings and works very well together with wood and glass to create a feeling of open spaces even indoors.