Since the 20th-century, steel has been utilized to a great extent in the construction industry. Steel has become one of the most used building materials around the world. The characteristics that make it an ideal material for the construction of tall structures are its strength, durability and the ease with which it could be fabricated and even buildings that are constructed with concrete are reinforced with steel. Steel structures last for centuries and it is the durability of steel that encourages industrialists to construct warehouses and other facilities with steel. Some of the most famous structures in the world are constructed with steel and they stand as evidence of the high strength and durability of the metal. Some of the most famous steel structures around the world are:
The Eiffel Tower: one of the most famous steel structures in the world that was constructed and 1889. This steel structure is not only the most recognizable steel structure but has stood as a symbol of the nation of France and has been used by the French for communication and has lasted for over 120 years.
Burj Khalifa: The world’s tallest building that stands at a height of 829.8 meters also stands as an example of eco-friendly steel architecture. The bundled tube design of the Burj Khalifa is an innovation of the 21st century and the building has only consumed half the amount of steel used for the construction of the Empire State Building in the USA. Steel was not only used for the construction of the structure but also for various other purposes such as floor drains and so on. There are about 3500 stainless steel shaped gratings that were used in the interiors of the Burj Khalifa.
Empire State Building: Constructed in the year 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world for 40 years until the World Trade Center was constructed in 1971. This is another edifice that was constructed with a steel frame structure.
The Chrysler Building: This skyscraper is constructed with a steel frame that supports stainless steel cladding. A stainless steel cladding is one of the materials that offer the best insulation.
Willis Tower: Willis Tower is another steel structure which is currently the tallest building in the United States. The building is constructed with a bundled cube structure which supports the steel frame of the building.
The tallest structures in the world have been constructed with steel because of the strength, durability, and resilience of the metal and besides, buildings that are ornamental steel is also used for the construction of industrial facilities.