Steel + Residential Architecture – An Architect’s How-to Guide

Quintessentially modern, steel is a material born of industrial processes. It’s forged in fire and rolled or drawn into shapes — beams, tubes, wires, angles, plates. Steel is strong, durable, conductive, ductile, machinable and malleable. And while many think of the use of steel in a residential setting as a particularly cold form of modernism, steel can be wonderfully warm and inviting when contrasted with natural materials.

In this video I review the essential qualities of steel and how they can be leverage for use in a residential setting. I discuss:
1. Strength – hot vs. cold-rolled
2. Weight – (steel is sold by the pound)
3. Durability (alloys)
4. Appearance
5. Lightness – thickness vs. strength
6. Finishes – brushed, matte, polished
7. Other treatments: blackening, galvanizing, cutting and folding
8. Landscape uses – Corten

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  1. Edwin Pojoy
    February 18, 2016

    gracias.. por tus aportaciones.. thanks…

  2. Mr Classic
    October 16, 2016

    great videos sir…you deserve a lot more likes and views…subscribed and sharing.

    thank you

  3. metalsim7
    October 19, 2016

    this is one of the best architecture channels on youtube….congrats men, your videos has been truly inspirational for me and for my job as an architect, thanks for that and keep doing this amazing content!

  4. Atomic Age Restoration
    December 16, 2016

    Truth in material is kosher.

  5. introverted guy
    January 9, 2017

    corten steel is my favourite I goes with anything and it ads a natural feel

  6. skoR
    January 16, 2017

    This video is exceptional.

  7. James Smith
    September 10, 2017

    Most commentary I see which understands modernism well, reads like a eulogy. This guy gets it.

  8. Linda Lee
    October 14, 2017

    Have you ever consider mash production on pre-fabricated steel housing? there are great demand on this type of structures, ( like CA recent fire) those houses need rebuild, I hope it will not rebuild with wood.We want to be part of the Developers/Builders/Financial support on this type of projects. please write to us. thank you.

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