Steel has been a material in regular construction usage since the 1600s, during which the industrial revolution occurred. Following the onset of extensive steel usage, numerous, large scale & impressive structures have been built, including bridges, libraries & stadiums.
Some of these internationally recognised steel marvels are detailed below.
Seattle Central Library
The library, situated in the centre of the American city of Seattle, is a deft, modern combination of steel & glass. Constructed upon the outlines established by architects Joshua-Prince Ramus & Rem Koolhaas, the structure attracted more than 2 million guests upon opening.
An interesting & notable effect of the impressive steel building is that Seattle residents have been statistically proven to read more books than residents in any other city throughout the Americas.
Millau Viaduct – France
The tallest bridge in the world, at 343 meters high, the Millau is a masterful joining of steel & concrete in the South of France. Based upon designs by famed architect Norman Foster, the bridge has been awarded an Outstanding Structure Award.
Beijing National Stadium
The national stadium in China, hosting space of the 2008 Olympic Games, is purported to be the largest steel structure in the world, with over 26 km of unwrapped steel used in its construction. The stadium was said to be designed as representative of the future of China.
The stadium can seat 80,000 peoples, with 11,000 demountable seats also available. The construct, & its interiors, also incorporates aspects of Chinese folklore.
The Gate to the West, the arch is an astounding monument situated in Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park in St Louis. It is 630 feet tall &, at the base, 630 feet wide. Completed in October of 1965, the arch is intended to be symbolic of the Americas’ expansion westward & is also representative of its industrious steel works, incorporating over 900 tons of the material.
The arch was constructed with the capacity to sway in high weather conditions.
U.S Steel Tower
Situated in Pittsburg, the steel tower is one of the top 40 tallest buildings in the U.S & the tallest skyscraper in its city. The main frame of the building is made of steel, as is its exterior, which serves to resist the negative effects of any adverse weather conditions. The tower is constructed in a unique triangular shape.
The tower can be seen from up to 50 miles away.