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2005 04 02
Steel Frame - ROM 1
imageWhen most buildings are under construction, it gives architects great pleasure to stop and admire the beauty and strength of an exposed steel skeleton. When a steel frame emerges in the city, an opportunity arises to demonstrate the massive, elegant and intricate qualities of an emergent architectural form.

Unfortunately, as construction moves to completion, the graceful power of the steel frame is concealed under the genteel skin of its “building envelope.” The reasons are obvious: contents need to be protected from the elements. Occupants need to be warm and comfortable. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just leave the steel skeletons exposed indefinitely and allow them to reveal their beauty through beams, flanges and bolts?
[email this story] Posted by Ian Chodikoff on 04/02 at 08:34 AM

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