5 Steel Buildings that Survived Through Ravages of Time and History
Steel buildings surviving through Time and History? Let’s keep out the American Gold Rush and the 2nd World War out of this one. More often than not the cliche association of steel buildings with these historic events seem to cast doubts on the aesthetic and artistic potential of steel buildings.
Time never waits for anyone and history stops for none. However, when it comes to classic Architecture, antiquity seems to bow down to the grandeur and invincible structural strength of buildings of the centuries gone by. A building that survives through ravages of time and history has definitely been constructed not just efficiently but also intelligently! (Not taking anything away from the civil sense and genius of the architect, the builder, the laborers..any body else? Oh, yeah the admirers who appreciate and make them popular .
There are a few architectural marvels made of steel that have not only survived through history and the vagaries of time but also created a formidable history of their own!
5 World famous steel buildings which have inspired this article are:
- Eiffel Tower – Who can mention Paris without remarking a thing or two of this giant symbol of both architectural ingenuity and also notoriety (Don’t forget the suicide attempts from this gigantic steel building). Built around 1887-1889, the Eiffel Tower is still the hallmark among Paris’s tourist attractions and lends the cultural hub of the world, a unique identity. It is a metal building which was once the tallest in the world. We could not have mentioned it anywhere but at the premier position! It is just too popular to come later in the order, Vraiment Magnifique!
- Chrysler Building – Another National Historic Landmark, the Chrysler building is also made of steel and was the one that snatched Numero Uno spot from Paris’s prized possession beside the Seine River. It is a skyscraper that showed the world what it means to be in power! Truly an amazing steel building, built in the 1930s decade, the Chrysler Building was enough to rival the Modern architectural chauvinism and prowess that Europe boasted off. However, its greatness could sustain it at the number one spot only till the big brother arrived, The Empire State Building!
- Sears Towers – Located in Chicago, Illinois, it is currently the 5th tallest building in the world. However, The Sears Towers has the world’s highest habitable floors, highest elevator rides and the highest roof deck. That’s a lot of high! No wonder that you can see four states from the top of the Skyscraper’s tower. Sears Tower is now known as the Willis Tower and is a famous steel structure.
- Seagram Building – Another mammoth steel structure, constructed by the German engineer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in association with Phillip Johnson, his American counterpart. Completed in 1958, the Seagram building houses businesses and The Four Season Restaurant. It has stood stable and strong with a sturdy steel skeleton. The building has 38 floors.
- US Steel Tower - Not that famous but definitely an durable steel structure worth mentioning. It was completed in 1970 and continues to stand its ground firmly. It is the tallest skyscraper in Downtown Pittsburgh. With 64 floors, the US Steel Tower was the first building to use liquid-fireproofed columns.
As steel construction was a modern innovation, there are very few buildings made of steel from yesteryears. However, steel was used as a part of the construction of famous buildings such as the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, Empire State Building in US, etc.
The last four decades saw an unprecedented spurt in the number of steel buildings across the world. If the trend continues which will as steel buildings are considered buildings of the future; some years down the line, we would be writing about 20 durable and famous steel buildings! Not at all impossible .
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