Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Metal

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Metal

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we've rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: metal. Check out the projects after the break...

Nebuta-no-ie Warasse / Molo, d/dt, Frank La Riviere Architects

This Japanese building is dedicated to the Nebuta festival, with a screen of twelve meter tall steel ribbons wrapping the whole building and enclosing an outdoor walkway. These metal ribbons are twisted and bent to form openings for light, views and passageways.

© Shigeo Ogawa

Plaza del Servicio a la Patria / La Metropolitana

Located in Mexico, The Armed Forces Memorial (cenotaph) is a metallic structure covered in perforated corten steel. The metal cenotaph settles on a mirror of water that elevates towards an open niche, where a waterfall meets the cenotaph’s resting base.

© Luis Guerrero

Rolling Huts / Olson Kundig Architects

A low-tech and low-impact design, these simple huts in the United States are essentially offset, steel-clad boxes on a steel and wood platform. The metal exteriors are durable and no-maintenance, designed to allow great views to nature.

© Chad Kirkpatrick

City of Jaca Hockey Arena / Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

A Spanish hockey arena designed to house two ice rinks, the huge dome is a steel structure that meets the ground directly without any sort of façade. Under that delicate efficient shell there is only concrete, brick and ice, with no constructive details.

© phj103

Museum of Energy / Arquitecturia

Exterior steel creates a sense of density, heaviness, and roughness in this Spanish museum. Polycarbonate was used on the interior to create the opposite effect, with light, soft spaces.

© Pedro Pegenaute

Top of Tyrol / astearchitecture

A panorama platform in Austria, this outlook point is a steel construction made from weather resistant steel. Twisted, excrescent swords of corten sheet steel expand beyond the platform. The whole structure invites the visitor to take a rest and to enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains.

The Orange Cube / Jakob + Macfarlane Architects

Located in France, this project is designed as a simple orthogonal cube into which a giant hole is carved, responding to necessities of light, air movement and views. The light steel façade is made with seemingly random openings, pierced by pixelated patterns that accompany the movement of the river.

© Roland Halbe

Design Museum Holon / Ron Arad Architects

The first national Design Museum in Israel, the building is shrouded by five dominant bands of Corten steel structure which undulate and meander their way in, out and around the museum’s internal volumes. These bands act as a spine for the building – both supporting large parts of it structurally and dictating its posture in relation to its surroundings.

© Ron Arad Architects

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre / REX | OMA

The Wyly Theatre, located in the United States, stacks the facilities below-house and above-house, transforming the building into one big “theater machine.” Steel panels cover a façade that can be opened to allow patrons or performers to enter directly from outside.

© Iwan Baan

Industrial Plan in Junin de los Andes / Alric Galindez Arquitectos

The primary concerns of this flexible industrial building in Argentina involved the close relationships between the object/building, the landscape and the city. The roof was materialized as a folded metal sheet, giving the idea of action and movement.


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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Metal" 08 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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