Modern city skyscrapers have one distinct architectural similarity: the design. From the classic style of buildings like The Michaelangelo Towers to the numerous Paragon buildings constructed in Johannesburg since they’re initiative began in 2008 – they all have a beautiful, functional and clear modern finish. The diversity in style that architectural monuments like these display are, however, founded in the use of one material: aluminium.:
The use of this versatile, light, strong, non-corrosive, non-toxic, malleable and durable material has obliterated the competition for the last century because of its capacity for long-term economic and ecological sustain. The Empire State Building in New York, approaching its 100th birthday within the next decade and a half, was one of the first skyscrapers to pioneer aluminium in its basic structures and interior. In 1993, a project to make this building more energy-efficient saw all of its 6,514 original steel window frames replaced by aluminium frames to help promote heat retentionreducing its annual energy consumption by 16%.
Other landmarks that promote aluminium for its energy-efficiency are The Crystal and the St Mary Axe in the United Kingdom, both of which illustrate the versatile material’s beauty and functionality perfectly.
Research around the energy-efficiency characteristic of aluminium used in construction is an ongoing field that has wrought large breakthroughs, widening the gap between it and its competitors, like concrete and steel.
Aluminium has become widely used in airplane manufacturing and construction for good reason. Its unparalleled array of benefits, both in weight, design and economic value truly make it one of the major building blocks of the 21st century.