When rust goes right

If you were visiting any big city in the last ten or so years, you were probably noticed some buildings or modern art sculptures that look like they were terribly rusted. Those pieces of the urban landscape should stand out of their surroundings, because everything around them seem to be maintained pretty well. And the rusty building or sculptures don’t look neglected as well, but rather warm in their rustic antique appearance.

That’s because the rust on such objects, whether it’s a building facade, sculpture or a modern art installation, is, in fact, controlled. This is so called COR-TEN steel of which such objects are made. Being exposed to the weather the sheets of Corten steel are quickly covering in a thin layer of rust. However, this rust doesn’t go deeper into the steel. It’s forming a stable protective layer instead.

1. Australian Pavillion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The huge Corten-clad building. Architect: Wood Marsh

2. Matsunoyama Natural Science Museum in Niigata, Japan by Tekuka Architects

3. Broadcasting Place in Leeds, UK by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

4. Completed in 2009 rusty skyscraper of Broadcasting Place already became Leeds one of the most popular point of interest

6. T-house by Simon Ungers and Thomas Kinslow

7. Gazzano House in London, UK. Architect Amin Taha

8. Bordings Independent School in Copenhagen, Denmark by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

9. Parkway Gate by Ian Simpson, Manchester, UK. Photo by Wojtek Gurak

10. Nine stories high Dockan Car Park in Sweden by Krook & Tjäder

11. Can Gili Footbridge in Granollers, Spain by Alfa Polaris

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