Stainless Steel is featured in 2 Prestigious International Hotels

Posted on August 24, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel is used in a unique manner at the Miura Hotel by featuring a 30 feet high statue of a man pressing against the property.

There are hotels worldwide that choose to use stainless steel to highlight specific aspects of the structures for interior and external features.  Today I am going to share with you two examples of how stainless steel is used in the utmost highly acclaimed hotels located across the globe.  Let’s start this list with an infamous brand name chain that originated in the USA, Trump International Hotel & Tower®.

Trump seems to own everything.  There is no denying that.  You see him on ads, hosting television shows and his name brand extends to clothing and jewelry lines too but his most prominent founding arena of success stems from his residential and commercial property dealings.

Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is sample of Donald Trump’s legacy and his use of stainless steel for the design and structure of this hotel is remarkable.

Stainless steel and glass adorn this impressive 1,389 feet height hotel.  It has a breathtaking peak that tops out at 1,170 feet.  The stainless steel incorporated in the building is not assigned to one part of the exterior or interior.  It is actually utilized throughout the property.  For instance, there are approximately 45,000 tons of steel bars reinforcing the support of the hotel.  There are bowed, polished stainless steel pieces created to form a division between units of the windows extending beyond 9 inches from the glass line.  Smart applications of this metal are uncovered throughout the property.

Another structure that features stainless steel is the Miura hotel in Czech Republic.   This hotel used the metal in a unique manner by incorporating a 30 feet high stainless steel man pressing against the outside of the hotel.  It is a sculptor created by the artist David Černý who is notorious for his large-scale installations.

To find out more about nickel alloys and stainless steel, call National Specialty Alloys today!

Introducing the Stainless Steel Science Center at Universum® Bremen

Posted on May 1, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The Universum® Science Center used stainless steel within its architectural design.

Stainless steel has been used for many different educational and science structures throughout the world.  Today we take a closer look at one of the world’s most notable buildings, the new Universum® Science Center.

As soon as you see the building, you realize this is not going to be an ordinary experience in a stereotypical, boring, educational facility.  Just the opposite occurs.  Once the building is within sight feelings of excitement and curiosity begin to stir within.

The first thing you notice is the dramatic resemblance the steel building has to a fish swimming to the water’s surface. The building is completely surrounded by a lake ensuring the affect is clear. To reiterate this concept further, fish scales appear to be covering the entire roof.

These “fish scales” are made out of 35,000 stainless steel shingles intertwined in a right hand and left hand produced pattern fitting the two sides of the “fish.”  This enhances the color effect along each side.  Along with the “fish scales,” the strips of windows along the building divides the fully encircled structure into two halves.  This replicates the image of a fish’s mouth.

The building was designed by architect Thomas Klumpp and is located in Bremen, Germany.

To find out more on how you can use stainless steel to execute your next architectural project, no matter how small or large, call National Specialty Alloys today.

Stainless Steel Public Art Sculptures

Posted on April 24, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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On the left is the "Spirit of Light" and on the right is Perre’s Ventaglio III.

Many cities around the world choose to display stainless steel sculptures for many reasons. One, there is virtually no need for any special care or cleaning instructions to follow keeping city maintenance costs down.  Also, these works of art make a statement. They are available in a public setting encouraging the masses to interact, admire and enjoy different infamous pieces of art.   Here are two global steel sculptures that stand out to me.

Let’s Take a Look at the Olympic Sculpture Park

The Seattle Art Museum Olympic Park is an impressive, free entry, nine acre open space designed to exhibit art.  One of the sculptures that stands out the most is Perre’s Ventaglio III.

In 1967, Perre’s Ventaglio III was created by the artist Beverly Pepper.   The artist was known for her colossal works of art and this particular piece is no exception.  It is a massive, outdoor, large scale steel structure created out of four cubic forms.  It displays an interesting geometric shape with reflections of the sky and its surroundings, which are visible upon the highly reflective material of the sculpture itself emitting an intended optical illusion.

Introducing the Spirit of Light

At the base of the Nigara Mohawk Building in Syracuse New York is a stainless steel sculpture called Spirit of Light.  Spirit of Light is a 28 foot high statue of a male figure with arms extended from which rays of light look similar to sporting giant wings.

To find out more about stainless steel and nickel alloy bars call National Specialty Alloys today.

An Inside Look at The London Olympic Stadium 2012 and Kapoor’s Orbit

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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What do you think of Kapoor's steel structure? Hideous or genius work of art?

This year, there is a conscience effort to integrate the importance of sustainable living and recycling efforts throughout the duration of The Games. One way London has chosen to spotlight this matter to the world was in the building of the stadium itself.

The London Olympic Stadium Uses Lightweight Steel for the Top Ring

This stadium is being described as “the most sustainable ever built.” The entire top loop was produced from surplus gas pipes while the lower section was created with a minimal need for steel and concrete by having the stadium sit within a basin in the ground. It holds 80,000 people during the competition but only 25,000 are permanent seats. The temporary upper tier seating is created from a combination of lightweight steel and concrete which shall be removed afterwards. This allows it to be used for a wide array of events after it is all over.

UK’s Largest Public Piece of Art is Created from Steel 

Another structure designed for the London Olympics is the ArcelorMittal Orbit.  It stands 377 feet high, has a 1,150 spiral staircase and weighs about 1,400 tons.  It is created by the internationally known sculpture Anish Kapoor.  It has received mixed reactions amongst onlookers.  Some describe it as a symbol of what engineering and art can do when brought together by saying it is a great addition to the city and the Olympic Games.  On the other hand, critics have bashed this piece of art.  It is being mentioned as a hideous steel structure that emulates the construction of a poorly made, dangerous roller coaster.  No matter what your opinion is there is no mistaken the use of steel throughout the piece.  Check out the 2012 London Olympics and let National Specialty Alloys know what you think.

To find out how you can incorporate stainless steel or nickel alloy bars to your next project, call National Specialty Alloys today!

3 Stainless Steel Staircase Ideas

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Reda Abouleish
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Stainless steel staircases are a great way to add interest to a home or office space.

There are many different stainless steel staircase designs available for you on the market today that come in different shapes matching your home or office vibe.  These stairs add an architecturally interesting element to what may be considered by some as an otherwise boring structure.  Here are some stainless steel staircase ideas to consider during your next renovation or new build.

Spiral staircases may exhibit intricate detail or simple, sleek modern lines covering a wide spectrum of taste and décor.  The name is a direct reflection of its build.  It is created in the shape of a spiral with each step encompassing approximately a twelfth of the stairs.  There is a central column located as a support to each step.  The key to executing this correctly is to take accurate measurements and dimensions before constructing it.  If you are unsure on how to proceed seek out a professional who has worked with stainless steel spiral staircases before.

Another staircase available to fulfill your creative needs is the “L’ shaped stairs.  These are stairs that work with or without railings.  To maximize the stairs one blogger suggested creating extra storage to the bottom of these stairs in the form of drawers.  You could store shoes, books, school bags or whatever you need in this easily accessible area.

The third idea is a simple, common design referred to as vertical stairs.  This is a great option for smaller homes or office buildings.  It does not seem to take up as much space and you can still make the look original by painting them with a touch of color.

No matter what your staircase needs ar, stainless steel is a safe, durable, aesthetically pleasing element to add to your next home/office renovation or new build.

To find out more about stainless steel or nickel alloy bars call National Specialty Alloys today.

 

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