Architectural Steel provides – almost literally – the building blocks of human civilisation. It has transformed how we live and operate as a species. But how did we get here? In this brief history, we’ve charted the course of humanity – from the beginnings of the Iron Age to the steel megaprojects of modern-day China.
Fabrication has come a long way since the first iron was smelted into ornaments and ceremonial weapons somewhere between the Caucasus and the Middle East almost four thousand years ago. It is both humbling and awe-inspiring to know that not even the iron dagger that accompanied Tutankhamen to the grave could hold a candle to even the most basic commands of the sophisticated machinery of today.
Let us take a look at the far-reaching legacy of those first iron-smelters. At the machines that are still almost unbelievable in their worldliness today:
It may not be a well-known fact in the debate surrounding green and sustainable construction that steel is one of the most environmentally friendly materials for use in the building and fabrication process. National and international legislation (such as the new Paris climate change accord) have increased the pressure for low carbon construction. Luckily, steel has a number of in-built cost and environmental advantages which make it a huge asset in the construction industry’s move towards a more sustainable future.
Steel is one of the best reliable and advantageous material for most new architectural or building products. For example steel accounts for almost 70% of the non-residential building market. Steel is often used as a framing material because of its cost-effectiveness, its durability and its sustainability.
Why floating stairs?
As well as the inherent elegance of floating stairs, they can often lend an individuality to the overall design of a building or space. Floating stairs are often a key component of open plan designs, giving your living or working space a more open and welcoming feel, as well as just generally forming part of a more adventurous architectural vision for a space.
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