Canadian lake house by Paul Bernier features dark wood and rusted metal cladding

Montreal architect Paul Bernier has completed a home clad in blackened timber and weathering steel on the shores of a lake in rural Quebec. The two-storey residence overlooks Lac Charlebois, one of many bodies of water in the Laurentien mountain range, a popular vacation destination just north of Montreal. “Our clients wanted to build a contemporary house, luminous and

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Controversial Iron Ring set to be submerged in landscape beside a Welsh castle

A huge ring-shaped walkway designed by architect George King is set to be built next to Flint Castle in Wales – but has been met with fierce opposition by locals, who see it as symbol of historic oppression. George King Architects, which has offices in London and Gloucestershire, was awarded the project following a nation-wide competition that invited leading artists

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Cheng + Franco cantilevers trio of Corten-clad volumes from rural Peruvian house

This countryside house in Peru by Lima-based studio Cheng + Franco Arquitectos features three volumes clad in perforated Corten steel that cantilever above a grassy bridleway. Cheng + Franco Arquitectos designed Casa N in the South American country’s northern coastal region of Piura. The home is located on a 24-acre-site occupied by a farm for breeding and training horses, and provides the

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Stern McCafferty Architects converts entrance of old Massachusetts house into a gallery

Boston-based Stern McCafferty Architects has overhauled a country home in Massachusetts, transforming the layout to showcase a collection of art work and expand the living areas into a bright annex. The residence was first built in 1905 as a mock-English riding house in Cambridge, Massachusetts – the seat of Harvard University. Owned by the president

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Tandem’s Melbourne house features folded cladding interrupted by rusty steel window frames

The curving corrugated-metal exterior of this house in Melbourne by local studio Tandem forms a continuous surface that encloses small pocket gardens. Tandem created the True North House for a tapering triangular plot in the Kensington neighbourhood of Melbourne, which was previously occupied by a decaying 1950s cottage and a stables built in the 1880s.

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Sergey Makhno Architects reveals atmospheric visuals of Ukrainian mountain residence

Sergey Makhno Architects has revealed these painterly renderings of a weathering steel holiday home nestled in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains. The Kiev-based architecture studio – which also specialises in interior and product design – created the intricately rendered visuals for Rose House using programmes 3DS Max and Corona Renderer.  The concrete structure is shown clad in weathering steel and surrounding an elevated

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Messana O’Rorke Architects extends New York homestead with weathering-steel annex

During the renovation of an 18th-century home in Upstate New York, Manhattan-based Messana O’Rorke Architects has revitalised its original appearance and added modern conveniences in an extension clad in Corten steel. Situated on an apple orchard in Columbia County, the renovated Ten Broeck Cottage – which dates back to 1734 – still bears signs of

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Box-framed louvres shade windows of concrete house in Tel Aviv

This concrete house in Tel Aviv by Bar Orian Architects features vertical louvres that can be either rotated to filter light or slid open to reveal the windows behind. Designed for a couple and their three children, the residence is located in a neighbourhood in the north the city called Affeka. Tel-Aviv based Bar Orian Architects chose the simple form of

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Weathering steel clads “pop temple” in Leiden by Ector Hoogstad Architecten

A+Awards: this concert venue in the Dutch city of Leiden is clad with panels of weathering steel and was awarded a 2016 Architizer A+Award. Rotterdam firm Ector Hoogstad Architecten inserted the Gebr. De Nobel among buildings the city’s 19th-century ring. Described by the architects as a “pop temple”, the venue includes a main hall that

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CCY Architects uses weathering steel and locally quarried stones for Colorado ranch

US firm CCY Architects has divided this low-slung Colorado home into private and public zones, encasing the former within weathering-steel boxes that define the property’s layout. Gambel Oaks Ranch is a three-bedroom residence that encompasses 5,687 square feet (528 square metres), nestled within the mountainous topography of Eagle County, Colorado. “The property is a working ranch with horses, chickens,

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Samira Rathod’s Shadow House provides refuge from scorching Indian sun

A weathered steel roof slopes over the gravelled courtyard at the centre of this concrete house in western India, which architect Samira Rathod has designed to offer residents plenty of shade from the sun. The Shadow House is located in Alibaug, a coastal town located south of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai-based architect Samira Rathod wrapped the 5,000-square-foot residence

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Wingårdh transforms roofless freight depot into Malmö Market Hall

Sheets of pre-rusted red steel cover the new extension to a dilapidated freight depot in Malmö, which has been converted into a covered food market by Swedish studio Wingårdh. The clients, brother and sister Nina Totté Karyd and Martin Karyd, asked Wingårdh to convert and extend the brick shell to provide a new space for market vendors and restauranteurs in the Swedish city. The studio repaired

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Henry Moore Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary with renovation of the artist’s former home

Hugh Broughton Architects has added a new visitors centre and an oxidised-steel extension to the Henry Moore Studios and Garden in Hertfordshire – the site of the artist’s former home. The architects focused on reusing and extending existing buildings, thereby minimising impact on the estate and preserving the environment, which was cherished by the Moore family. Moore, who

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen pairs frosted glass with weathering steel for Vendsyssel Theatre

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects designed this theatre complex in Hjørring, Denmark, as a series of Corten steel cubes, but has covered some of the rusty walls behind a layer of frosted glass. The 4,200-square-metre Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre includes a music hall, rehearsal hall, a 430-seat theatre, and a workshop and dressing rooms arranged in several rectilinear blocks.

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Ontario trade school by Perkins + Will comprises “shed-like” volumes

A new training facility in Canada by global firm Perkins + Will consists of two interlocking volumes embedded in a gentle slope, resulting in a split-level layout and different facades. The Kawartha Trades + Technology Centre is located on the campus of Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. It offers training in fields such as carpentry,

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RCR Arquitectes forms Soulages Museum from linked weathering-steel boxes

A+Awards: this year’s Pritzker Prize-winning studio RCR Arquitectes is behind this steel-clad museum in France, which also earned the Catalan firm an Architizer A+Award. The Soulages Museum in Rodez was completed in 2014 by RCR Arquitectes – the surprise winner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel – in collaboration with architect

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Rusty steel wedges surround desert garden in Chile’s Atacama Desert

A cluster of mono-pitched volumes clad in earthy pre-weathered steel shelters a mini oasis at the centre of this cultural facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Santiago-based architects Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López collaborated on the design of the centre, which was built alongside the first wind farm to be installed in northern Chile. The site is

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Accessible Arizona home by Ibarraro Rosano is lifted above the desert landscape

American studio Ibarraro Rosano Design Architects has elevated parts of this family dwelling off the parched ground in response to the client’s request for no steps. The Levin Residence is located in Marana, a southern Arizona town with a history of farming and ranching. Stretched across a rugged desert site, the single-story dwelling features a

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Prefabricated weathering-steel boxes form California retreat by Alchemy Architects

Minnesota-based firm Alchemy Architects has completed a home in California’s Sonoma Valley, which comprises two separate modules that were almost entirely prefabricated before being brought to site. The two modules that make up the home were the result of a cross-country collaboration between the architects and client, who is also a designer. “The home was

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Min | Day clads Nebraska theatre in weathering steel and rebar

This performing arts centre is part of a mixed-use complex created by American studio Min | Day for an emerging arts district near downtown Omaha. The project was built on a gently sloping site that formerly was a parking lot. “Three related projects share an integrated half-block to transform the relationship of cultural facilities and

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Michael Green completes largest mass-timber building in United States

Trees killed by mountain beetles were used to construct this seven-storey tower by Michael Green Architecture, which is described by the firm as the first modern tall wood building in the United States. As one of several architects embracing massive timber, or mass timber – the collective term for engineered wood products like glulam and cross-laminated timber – Canada-based Michael

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Quadrangle Architects transforms brick warehouse in Toronto into creative workspaces

Canadian firm Quadrangle Architects has transformed a 19th-century brick building once used to store wine into a workspace for designers, artists and tech companies. Named 60 Atlantic Avenue, the 43,000-square-foot building (3,995 square metres) is located in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood, a former industrial area now occupied by young professionals and creative-sector businesses. L-shaped in

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Cun-Design converts Beijing house into film studio with weathering steel and glass extensions

Chinese firm Cun-Design has transformed a typical suburban house in Beijing into a film production studio featuring glass and pre-rusted steel extensions. Cun-Design was asked to oversee the refurbishment of the existing property in the Chinese capital’s Tongzhou District to create a new workspace for Blue Moon Films. The detached house located on the bank

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Weathering-steel volumes wrap courtyard at Washington holiday home

This vacation home in Washington state by Prentiss Balance Wickline encloses a courtyard within interlocking volumes clad in weathering steel. The Wolf Creek View Cabin is a 1,810-square-foot (168-square-metre) property located in a natural setting typical of the American state’s wilderness. “The cabin is sited within a lightly treed meadow, surrounded by foothills and mountains,”

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Monolithic concrete and steel wall fronts Nashville residence by Hastings

The front facade of this family home in Tennessee by Hastings Architectural Associates comprises a monolithic concrete wall and weathering steel panels. The house is dubbed Mask House for its imposing northern facade, which is designed to protect the client’s privacy. “The clients requested an exterior that would veil the true nature of the home

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Gracia Studio lifts steel-box house in Tijuana on a concrete base

Mexican-American firm Gracia Studio has completed a single-family home in the city of Tijuana that comprises a weathering-steel volume perched atop a monolithic concrete ground floor. The four-bedroom Casa GS is located only a few kilometres from the US border. The ground floor of the 290-square-foot (30-square-metre) home was built using board-formed concrete. The material

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Alt Arkkitehdit clads woodland house in Finland with sheets of rusty Corten steel

Finnish practice Alt Arkkitehdit has covered a family home in northern Finland in weathering steel panels and greying spruce planks that help it to blend into its woodland setting. The studio created the 165-square-metre Residence in Muhos for a site outside a town of the same name, in the Finnish province Oulu. By covering the walls of the house

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Abramson Teiger builds steel-clad residence in a Wyoming meadow

US studio Abramson Teiger has created a rural Wyoming home that consists of low-lying volumes made of glass, concrete and weathering steel (+ slideshow). The Wyoming Residence is located near Jackson, a quaint town in the west of the state that is ringed by mountains. Encompassing 7,000 square feet (650 square metres), the single-storey house More

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Renée del Gaudio builds Colorado home on land devastated by forest fire

A devastating forest fire cleared the land that this weathering steel-clad house by Colorado architect Renée del Gaudio was built on (+ slideshow). The property – known as Sunshine Canyon House – is located near the city of Boulder on a 4.5-acre (1.82 hectares) site. Previously, the area was densely wooded, but the landscape was More

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Sparano + Mooney clads Utah residence in hundreds of scale-like steel shingles

American firm Sparano + Mooney Architecture has covered a family home in Utah with hundreds of weathering steel plates to give the exterior a textured appearance (+ slideshow). Located just outside Salt Lake City, the two-level Emigration Canyon Residence was built for a young family with children. It is sited within a wooded mountain landscape More

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Cristian Hrdalo adds protective steel screens to house beside a golf course in Chile

Perforated panels of weathering steel create sunshades for this concrete house in Chile, but also offer protection from stray balls struck by players on the adjacent golf course (+ slideshow). The house is located on one of dozens of plots lining the fairways of the Las Araucarias de Linderos Golf Club, which is situated around 30 kilometres south of More

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Carlton Architecture clads North Carolina home in dark cedar and weathering steel

US studio Carlton Architecture has completed a lakeside house in North Carolina that features expansive window walls, and ample use of wood and pre-rusted steel (+ slideshow). Located in the western portion of the state, the Piedmont Residence sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and overlooks a lake. The holiday home was More

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ABK updates 1960s leisure centre with new Corten-steel facade

Architecture firm ABK has overhauled an ageing leisure centre in County Tipperary, Ireland, with the addition of a new weathering-steel facade (+ slideshow). Dublin-based ABK was tasked with upgrading the facilities at Nenagh Leisure Centre – a single-storey building created in the 1960s around what was previously an outdoor swimming pool. One of the aims of the project was to More

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Coussée & Goris and RCR Arquitectes use iron-coloured concrete for Belgian crematorium

A+Awards: the next project in our collaboration with Architizer is a tinted concrete and steel crematorium in Holsbeek, Belgium, which was named as one of the winners in the religious buildings and memorials category at the 2016 A+Awards (+ slideshow). Ghent-based Coussée & Goris Architecten teamed up with Spanish firm RCR Arquitectes to win a competition for More

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Merge Architects clads compact Massachusetts home in weathering steel

US studio Merge Architects has completed a family home in the Boston area with facades clad in pre-rusted steel and interior spaces that overlook slot gardens (+ slideshow). Called Grow Box, the two-storey residence is located in Lexington, Massachusetts — a small, wealthy city in the Boston area. It was designed for an MIT professor, his More

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Riverside house by Sandy Rendel Architects contrasts weathering steel with concrete and glass

This riverside house in southeast England was designed by Sandy Rendel Architects with an upper storey clad entirely in weathering steel mesh, and a base of exposed concrete and glass (+ slideshow). The five-bedroom property is situated next to the River Ouse in the South Downs National Park, and is the first building seen by visitors entering the town of More

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Glass observatory rises from roof of Montana mountain home by Johnsen Schmaling

Johnsen Schmaling Architects has created a family dwelling in rural Montana that consists of interlocking volumes clad in charred wood and is topped with a glass-enclosed viewing room. Mountain House is situated in the foothills of Big Sky, a rural Montana town that is located 7,200 feet above sea level (2,200 metres). Resting on a More

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Holscher Nordberg Architects creates play area framed by a single metal ribbon

This ribbon of weathering steel meanders through a Copenhagen housing estate, creating a path, slide and aerial walkway (+ slideshow). Called The Loop, the structure was developed by local studio Holscher Nordberg Architects for a social housing development called Værebro Park, in the northwest of the city. The aim was to create a visible connection between an indoor public swimming pool, a More

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Sanjay Puri uses weathering steel to create layered facade for The Crescent office block

Overlapping angled fins clad in pre-rusted steel extend from the front of this crescent-shaped office building in Surat, India, by Mumbai architect Sanjay Puri (+ slideshow). The Crescent was designed by Sanjay Puri Architects to house the offices of a local property developer. Situated on a small plot at the intersection of two roads, the building is conveniently More

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Brian Mackay-Lyons adds pre-rusted steel cabin to his Nova Scotia estate

Canadian architect Brian MacKay-Lyons has built a cabin for an architecture intern at his Nova Scotia farmstead, featuring a rough skin of weathering steel, and a rustic but compact interior (+ slideshow). The MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects co-founder designed Enough House as the latest addition to Shobac, the former summer camp that the architect has spent the last few decades transforming into More

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Nizio Design commemorates the Holocaust with angular weathering-steel museum

This wedge-shaped, pre-rusted steel museum by Nizio Design is dedicated to the role that Polish citizens played in protecting the lives of Jews during the second world war (+ slideshow). The Ulma Family Museum of Poles Saving Jewish People is located in Markowa, a village in southeast Poland, and is intended to commemorate the lives of both Poles and More

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Trail Restroom by Miro Rivera Architects is a public toilet with weathering steel walls

Pre-rusted steel plates are arranged in a spiral to form the walls of this public toilet created by Miro Rivera Architects in a park in Austin, Texas (+ slideshow). The Trail Restroom is the first new public toilet built in 30 years on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, a public park that follows the banks of the Colorado More

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Bird-watching pavilions by Plant Architect are made from perforated plates of weathering steel

Plant Architect has used weathering steel to create a series of wing-like structures for bird watchers in a Toronto park, which are punctured with both patterns and information about local species (+ slideshow). Located in the city’s East Point Park Bird Sanctuary, structures were completed by the Toronto-based firm as part of a local initiative to More

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Gravity-defying staircase by Close to Bone climbs up into the sky

This weathering steel staircase by engineering studio Close to Bone cantilevers off a hill in Flanders, forming an observation tower overlooking rolling farmland and the Kabouterbos forest (+ slideshow). Standing unsupported at almost 11.5 metres tall, the staircase “floats” above its picturesque setting in the the Tielt-Winge municipality. The structure known as Vlooyberg Tower was designed by More

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NTA completes office in Japan with a faceted weathering-steel roof structure

Pre-rusted steel pyramids protrude down from the ceiling of this glazed office building, which Japanese studio NTA designed for a construction company in Chiba Prefecture (+ slideshow). The Nobuhiro Tsukada-led architecture studio designed the single-storey office for Daiei Iron Works. The steel-framed structure stands beside the company’s huge metal-clad factory, where the triangular pieces of weathering steel used to construct the ceiling were manufactured. The facets More

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Bennetts Associates adds pre-rusted steel box to London’s Shaftesbury Theatre

Bennetts Associates has extended a historic theatre in London’s West End, adding a serrated box made from weathering steel on top of the roof (+ slideshow). The fly tower extension forms the crowning piece in a three-year-long and £5 million extension of the Grade II-listed Shaftesbury Theatre, which expands the venue’s capabilities and also creates new office spaces. The theatre’s existing timber-framed fly tower More

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Moussafir Architectes builds Cubist-influenced house in Paris

Geometric furniture complements the Cubist stylings of this Paris house by Moussafir Architectes, which also features a weathering steel facade and a large pivoting door (+ slideshow). Jacques Moussafir’s studio – whose previous projects include a house featuring patterned-cutout shutters – designed the two-storey property for a family with two children, on the city’s Avenue du Faubourg Saint Antoine. The house More

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Casey Brown builds metal-clad house and stables in an Australian national park

Corrugated iron and pre-weathered steel clad this shed-like house and stables, completed by Casey Brown Architects in the bushland of Australia’s Kosciuszko National Park (+ slideshow). Located close to the village of Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains, Crackenback Stables was designed by Sydney-based Casey Brown to provide five stables, accommodation for the stable manager, plus a self-contained two-bedroom property. The architects More

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Pre-rusted steel church by Vicens + Ramos features an “explosion” of windows

Several windows splay from one end of this weathering steel church, designed by Vicens + Ramos as the centrepiece for a growing residential community near Madrid (+ slideshow). The Madrid-based studio was commissioned to create the Church of Santa Monica for the quickly ballooning population of Rivas-Vaciamadrid, a new residential development just 10 miles from the centre of the Spanish capital. The church has a linear More

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Branch Studio Architects embellishes school “flyover” with concertinaed Corten screen

This weathering steel bridge by Branch Studio Architects spans a quadrangle at a secondary school in Melbourne’s western suburbs, forming an art gallery and viewpoint for students en route to class (+ slideshow). The Melbourne studio was asked to overhaul the pre-existing neglected corridor, converting it into the Flyover Gallery. The structure bridges the 21-metre gap between More

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Wernerfield uses concrete and weathering steel to create low-maintenance weekend home in Texas

Dallas studio Wernerfield has completed a lakefront dwelling that features concrete and glass volumes, and a treehouse clad in pre-rusted steel (+ movie). Called CCR1 Residence, the rectilinear house is located in a rural area about 60 miles southeast of Dallas. It is situated on a wooded site that sits along Cedar Creek Reservoir – a popular More

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Puzzles Architecture adds rusty steel extension to an old Belgian barn

Puzzles Architecture designed this weathering-steel extension for a barn in Belgium, converting it into an annex for the adjacent 18th-century farmhouse (+ slideshow). The building was originally constructed in 1730 and is divided into three parts, two made from local stone and one using cob – a natural building material made from soil, water and straw. The cob portion and one More

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Tham & Videgård’s Stockholm architecture school features a curving skin of pre-rusted steel

For the first time in 45 years, architecture students at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology have their own building on campus – a round block with weathering steel walls by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter (+ slideshow). KTH School of Architecture is the first dedicated architecture facility at the university’s main campus since 1970, when they were relocated […]

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Henry Goss completes house that launched his career as an architectural visualiser

Architect Henry Goss has completed a rusted steel and timber-clad extension to a house near Cambridge, England, two years after Dezeen published the hyper-realistic renderings that changed his life (+ slideshow). Goss designed the extension to Lode House for his cousin and her husband, who wanted to reorganise the interior of their home in the village of Lode to make […]

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FaulknerBrowns Architects adds weathering steel facade to new Hebburn Central community centre

The oxidised-steel walls and prefabricated construction of this community library and sports centre near Newcastle, England, are influenced by the region’s ship-building heritage (+ slideshow). Hebburn Central was designed by local firm FaulknerBrowns Architects to provide the town of Hebburn in South Tyneside with facilities including a library, dance studios, events spaces, a swimming pool, a fitness […]

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Seung H-Sang clads South Korean mountain house in pre-rusted steel

Orange-hued panels of weathering steel encase the upper storey of this house in South Korea, which is elevated above the treetops of its mountain forest setting (+ slideshow). Korean architect Seung H-Sang, director of Seoul-based studio Iroje Architects & Planners, designed the secluded house for a plot among a fir forest and botanical gardens in Gunwi, a […]

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University graduates design and build cabins on Navajo reservation in Utah

Graduate students of a Colorado university design-build programme have completed a pair of cabins on the Navajo reservation made of rusted steel and reclaimed barn wood (+ slideshow). The cabins were designed and constructed by architecture students and faculty in the Design Build BLUFF programme at the University of Colorado Denver, who worked in collaboration with […]

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HÛT uses pre-rusted steel for extension to Victorian brick house in London

This oxidised-steel extension to an end-of-terrace Victorian house in east London peeks over the top of the adjacent brick boundary wall, which is interrupted by a matching steel gate (+ slideshow). The extension was designed by local architecture firm HÛT to occupy an underused alley at the side of a property in London Fields – […]

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Today we like: weathering steel

Weathering steel – often known by the brand name Corten – continues to remain popular with architects. The pre-rusted metal, which is created when chemicals are used to speed up the oxidisation process, has recently been used to clad a Brisbane community centre and a mountaintop family retreat. The rust forms a weatherproof layer of protection. See all our stories about weathering […]

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