Have you ever heard of corrugated steel that could be used as a part of the housing? Corrugated Metal Panels are building materials which are made from sheets of hot dip galvanized steel. These sheets when cold are rolled to produce the rippled pattern. The corrugations in the panels increase the bending strength of the sheets.
Corrugated Metal Panels are known to be weather resistant, lightweight & tough, and easily transported.
The corrugated metal panels can be used for a variety of applications such as floor decking, siding etc. The floor decking option provides an adequate layer onto which concrete can be poured to create sturdy flooring. As siding, the corrugated metal is strong and resilient, and as a roof, this material can stand up to the elements while providing water-proof protection.
Metal need not be boring anymore!! There are different finishes including a variety of colours enhancing their aesthetic appeal. And above all, they make for structurally sound building components.
In the light of all these advantages, let us take a look at some houses which have used corrugated steel as siding and have managed to pull it off with uniqueness and style!
- Main Street House in Seattle, Washington, designed by SHED Architecture & Design.
The Main Street House was designed by SHED Architecture & Design and is located in Seattle, Washington, USA.
The Main Street House is named after the pedestrian path that bounds its site to the north. The house is situated on a sloping site, 20’ from top to toe, that extends from the Main street pedestrian path and Leschi Park beyond to an alley below.
The home’s interior is luminous and spacious. On the outside, the architects have used corrugated steel infused together with wooden panel giving it a very aesthetic look.
The Shed Architecture and Design has produced a contrasted industrial and natural materials’ theme in designing this house. The exterior of this Seattle home has used corrugated metal cladding alongside Douglas fir window frames and doors. The house was built from timber using a technique known as advanced framing.
Painted corrugated metal cladding offers a durable finish that mimics the look of zinc, but at a lower cost. This was combined with locally grown Douglas fir for the window frames and panels surrounding the doors.
This beautiful house is arranged over four floors, with a garage at the bottom level, two bedrooms on the floor above, a kitchen, dining room and living space on the next level, and an office for each of the occupants on the top floor, plus a small terrace.
- The house in Berkeley, California, designed by baran studio.
The Berkeley house located at the Berkeley Street, and adjacent to a former rail line is designed by the Baran Studio Architects in the year 2014. The architecture shows the influence of the machine qualities of the railway and blends it beautifully with the character of the current residential neighbourhood.
The corrugated metal wraps envelop the roof and the wall facing the former train line. The front of the house expresses the pitch of the roof that ties it to more traditional house forms. The interior of this house is reminiscent of an open expanse that imitates the large, open station with high vaulted ceilings.
- Harbour Road Sail Loft & Residences in Sidney, Canada, designed by Checkwitch Poiron Architects.
Harbour Road Sail Loft & Residences in Sidney, Canada, designed by Checkwitch Poiron Architects portray unique industrial spaces combined with residential entities giving it a very dramatic look.
The Checkwitch Poiron Architects completed the Harbour Road Sail Loft & Residences as a mixed-use building complex that combines a sail fabrication workshop with office space and residential living.
The project site is located right at the intersection of a residential neighbourhood and an industrial marine zone. It matches most of the neighbouring facilities which are clad in corrugated metal.
The architects have used the corrugated steel material along with cedar siding to create a fusion decorative look.
They have used perforated metal panels to form translucent screens to provide shade and privacy.
- Northern Rivers Beach House in South Golden Beach, Australia, designed by refresh*design.
The Northern Rivers Beach House is located in South Golden Beach, Australia. It is designed by refresh*design architecture. The house sits perfectly in a beachside setting, with a contemporary, three-bedroom house which is well connected to nature and the surroundings around it.
The architects have designed the beach house by integrating traditional materials such as corrugated metal, fibre cement sheeting, and timber elements, to make it a vogue and chic structure.
As this site is prone to flooding, the architects have tried to infuse the trendy concept of a cantilevered structure, with both ends overhanging and counterbalancing each other.
Using steel for the major structural elements, and timber for the secondary structure, a very economical and bridge-like architecture was created to inspire a soaring visual effect.
Natural ventilation, passive solar design and a very economical use of space have made this house stand out, especially due to the building materials, such as plantation timber, bamboo for flooring, and plywood for ceilings.
- South Slope Townhouse in Brooklyn, New York, designed by Etelamaki Architecture.
This house created by the Etelamaki Architecture at Brooklyn in South Park Slope in the year 2014. The home is located on an eclectic block. The architect took advantage of the surroundings, to create a bold façade design.
The designers have used primary cladding material-corrugated galvanized steel to blend into the gritty, eclectic architecture adjacent to the site, as well as for its affordability. The framed accent panels of perforated aluminium installed in front of painted red panels provide complexity and balance to the façade.
- Gap Residence in Brisbane, Australia, designed by Guymer|Bailey Architects.
The Gap residence in Brisbane’s western suburb is a home designed by the Guymer|Bailey architects. The house showcases many creative architectural and landscape ideas which add charm to the design.
This residence is an architect’s own home is crafted wisely keeping in mind the rainforest creek that surrounds it.
The architects have been very careful about maintaining the environmental sustainability and for this, the designers have used materials that have a long life cycle and which are low maintenance.
The street facing side of the residence is a blank, sound-insulated wall clad in zinc-coated corrugated steel sheeting with three bands of white corrugated steel sheeting and opal polycarbonate corrugated sheeting. The remainder of the house is also roofed and clad externally with zinc corrugated steel sheets.
Besides other features, the clear-finished ironbark used in both the flooring and decking, as well as the skirting and door and window trims adds an exquisite quality to this residence.
- The Skagit River House in Washington State, designed by Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture.
The Skagit River House built by Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture is located on a hillside above the Skagit River in northern Washington State. The house is strategically placed between the edge of the hill and an existing guesthouse and studio building. Surrounded by trees and facing the river, this house is an ideal spot for peace lovers.
The Douglas fir lined porch is carved out of the corrugated metal cladding of the exterior, a reference to the farm buildings dotting the river’s delta. It also enables a robust exterior which could withstand any environment.
The interior spaces are bright, light filled and airy, enhancing the experience of this wooded retreat. The Skagit river house is an outstanding example of luxurious and modern forest retreat and beckons people of all age groups to come and enjoy a calmness.
- The Bush House in Margaret River, Australia, designed by Archterra Architects.
The Bush House located in Margaret River, Australia, is designed by Archterra Architects in 2012.
This quaint house reminds us of an adventure on the beach. The house is lined in such a way that all rooms face to the north bathing in the warm winter sun. Only the main bedroom turns to face the southwest views to enjoy spectacular sunsets amidst the canopy of the surrounding trees.
The architects have built the house by taking cues from the Californian cases study houses of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. they have used a 3.6m structural grid locates prefabricated steel frames that provide the main support structure to the house and for infill timber framing used within these frames to maintain protection under the sun and rain through a single plane roof.
The galvanised steel framing is expressed both internally and externally, creating a repetitive rhythm along the north and south elevations. The mottled patina of the galvanising continues to change as it ages.
Keeping the environment sustainability in mind, the architects have furnished this residence using external materials such as zincalume steel, rammed earth and glass.
- The Cowshed House in Sydney, Australia, designed by Carterwilliamson Architects.
The Cowshed House in Sydney, Australia, is designed by the Carterwilliamson Architects, in the year 2013.
The Cowshed House is a charming residence on a small piece of land bounded on three sides by roads. The building is simple, with a courtyard running around it.
Its oiled timber doors and windows and corrugated cladding that so much reminds us of the Australian pastural vernacular define every corner of this house.