STEEL . . .
• STEEL is a common building material used
throughout the construction industry.
• Its primary purpose is to form a skeleton for the
building or structure essentially the part of the
structure that holds everything up and together.
• Steel has many advantages when compared to
other structural building materials such as
concrete , timber , plastics and newer composite
STAINLESS STEEL . .
• ALLOY OF IRON AND CARBON , CHROMIUM, NICKEL
• Architects, designers, and building specialists
throughout the world will unanimously testify to the
advantages of stainless steel in interior building
• Stainless steel is renowned above all for its resistance to
corrosion and its attractive, striking appearance. Both
are due to the presence of the chromium as an alloying
• Stainless steel also boasts physicals and mechanical
properties that make it an exceptionally useful and
Can be hammered and pressed into shape
Can be drawn into fine wire
Regains its shape after being deformed
PROPERTIES . . .
Resists being scratched or cut
Extremely hard and therefore , will not break
Ability to conduct heat or electricity
PROPERTIES . . .
• INTERIORS OF
• STAIR CASES
• FIRE PLACE
Cost-effective and totally
unexpected, the ribbed
metal ceiling in this
Coconut Grove, Florida
home by Mateu Architecture
echoes metallic elements
used in the kitchen and
outside the house.
RIBBED METAL CEILING
Stainless steel tiles
aren’t unusual in
bathrooms or as back
splashes in modern
kitchens, but it’s their
use here to cover an
entire living room wall
that puts them in a
whole new light.
textural, this tile
Stainless Steel Mosaic Wall
Shiny metal is much more
than just an accent in this
modular kitchen. Calling
to mind commercial
kitchens in which every
surface must be easily
sanitized, but on a smaller
scale, the minimalist
result is clutter-free and
contrasts nicely with a
natural wood floor.
Japanese Alluminum Modular
Looking like it was
carved from one solid
block of metal, this
curving sofa in a shape
reminiscent of a sea shell
is definitely a bold way to
bring metals into your
Seemingly seamless, the
B3 Mono block by
Bulthaup so strongly
resembles a solid block of
metal that it causes
people to wonder whether
you hauled it up to your
apartment with a crane.
Custom-made of high-
grade stainless steel,
these lustrous kitchen
islands are totally lust-
Since stairs are often
located in the heart of a
home, they provide
another opportunity to
stun with steel. These
three creative sets of
metal stairs in unusual
designs certainly stand
For this prefabricated home
in Kanazawa, Japan,
architecture firm Atelier
Tekuto formed the interior
spaces using molded
aluminum rings, left
unfinished so that the wall
and ceiling surfaces of the
home are entirely metallic.
The architects cut energy
costs by 80% by putting the
reflective qualities of
aluminum to good use,
Contemporary Steel Fireplace
A column of steel
stretching from floor to
ceiling makes the living
room fireplace an even
bigger draw. These three
minimalist matte cold-
rolled steel, a more
artistic reflective stainless
steel surround and a free-
standing modern fireplace
Copper Water Wall
Water fountains are
perhaps one of the
easiest ways to bring
metallics into your home
in a big, bold way – in
many cases, you simply
hang the fountain on
wall brackets and plug it
in. Other installations
can be more complex,
like built-in water walls.
The reflective qualities of
AVAILABLE FINISHES FOR FERRITIC STAINLESS
STEELS ARE THE SAME AS THOSE FOR AUSTENTIC
GRADES. THE MOST COMMON INCLUDE
•COLD ROLLED FINISHES
•BRUSHED AND POLISHED FINISHES
•SPECIAL DECORATIVE FINISHES
FINISHES . .
COLD ROLLED FINISHES
•These standard finishes are the direct result of
the stainless steel processing cycle at the mill.
•The most common are 2B and BA/2R. Both ara
often used for interior building applications.
•2B finish has a smooth, fairly bright appearance,
achieved by cold rolling, annealing and pickling,
following by final skin pass rolling using
perfectly smooth rolls.
•BA/2R finish is obtained by bright annealing in
an inert gas atmosphere after cold rolling,
following by a final skin pass. This highly
attractive surface is smoother, brighter and more
BRUSHED AND POLISHED FINISHE
•These finishes can be applied to both 2B
and BA surfaces.
•The grade of abrasive used determines
the fineness or coarseness of the finish.
•Mechanically applied, these finishes can
be achieved with either wet or dry
grinding and can be used for many inner
•They are highly suitable for wide areas of
stainless steel cladding.
•Proprietary pattern-rolled finishes are also
widely employed in buildings.
•These are usually achieved by rolling with
•As with brushed surfaces, stainless steels
with patterned surfaces are suitable for
extensive, flat, indoor areas, such as paneling
•In areas of heavy public traffic, such as
building entrances, lift cages and airport
terminals, where surfaces are susceptible to
knocks and scratches, patterned surfaces are
SPECIAL DECORATIVE FINISHES
•Modern techniques and processes make it
possible to create exciting and dynamic graphic
•Beside brushed, polished and patterned
surfaces, acid etched, shot blasted or coloured
surfaces are also available.
•These techniques provide an even wider range
of surface variations.
•Indeed, for architects working on interior
building applications, stainless steels provide a
huge range of design possibilities.