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.