Most people associate metal buildings with agricultural and industrial usages such as barns and warehouses, and although it’s true that buildings made of steel and other metals are very well-suited for these specific purposes, metal buildings are also found in some of the world’s most sophisticated cityscapes. Following are just six of the many fabulous metal buildings found in various parts of the globe.
Empire State Building
Arguably one of the most iconic buildings on the planet, the Empire State Building was constructed in 1931 and enjoyed a 40-year reign as the tallest building in the world. It’s since been eclipsed by several others, including New York City’s One World Trade Center.
The Centre is the fifth tallest building in Hong Kong and the only skyscraper in that city that boasts 100 percent steel construction. Construction began on the 73-floor building in 1995 and was completed in 1998. It is China’s 10th tallest building.
Minsheng Bank Building
Construction of China’s 12th tallest building was ongoing for seven years, and the project was completed in 2007. The 68-story building is set in Wuhan, China, and three of its stories are underground.
U.S. Bank Tower
One of the most recognizable buildings in Los Angeles and the tallest in the state of California, the U.S. Bank Tower was built to withstand all but the most major earthquakes. Many people who’ve never even been to Southern California recognize the 73-story building anyway because it’s often seen in television programs and films. Construction of the U.S. Bank Tower was completed in 1990.
Chicago’s Willis Tower is currently the tallest steel building on the planet. Completed in the year 1973, Willis Tower was originally known as Sears Tower, but Sears’ naming rights expired in 2003. In 2007, London firm Willis Holdings leased part of the 110-story building and took over the naming rights.
The Chrysler Building is another New York City landmark that was built during the last century. Work was completed on the Art Deco-style structure in the year 1930, and for a full year, it enjoyed the status of the city’s tallest building until work was finished on the Empire State building in 1931.
Those considering adding a prefab metal building are in excellent company. Not every metal structure can enjoy the worldwide renown of the Empire State Building, be as recognizable as the U.S. Bank Tower, or reach into the clouds like Willis Tower, they can all nonetheless serve a proud purpose to business owners.