There are many factors that decide the choices of building materials for public buildings.
The design issues of form and function are usually taken equally into account. It was Frank Lloyd Wright, the American architect who said, “Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union”.
Suitable materials for public buildings and spaces would need to comply with the following criteria;
- Cost effective and good value
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Environmentally sustainable
- Fit for purpose
- Good and appropriate appearance
There are many instances, where aluminium has shown its metal in meeting all of the above considerations.
Aluminium is an incredibly good looking lightweight material (1/3rd weight of steel) with an excellent strength to weight ratio.
A protective oxide film naturally forms on the surface of aluminium. This film tenaciously resists corrosion, even in polluted atmospheres. This hygienic metal is remarkably easy to clean and with low maintenance cost.
It quite literally pays to recycle aluminium. It is the only commercially usable metal that more than covers its own recycling costs.
When opting for the process of anodising aluminium, this not only produces a stunning silky translucent surface effect but has the added benefit of increasing resistance to abrasions.
With over 80 years of being incorporated into varied interior and exterior architectural applications aluminium has repeatedly proven to have been a suitable and cost effective choice.
Aluminium sheets including perforated sheet, are available from stock in a varied palette of surface patterns, textures and finishes, providing public spaces with a contemporary twist. These sheet designs, can dramatically transform interiors, allowing them to reach full potential.
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