20 Aug '12, 2pm

Materials Monday: Corrugated Iron and Steel

Materials Monday: Corrugated Iron and Steel

church tower/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 Corrugated iron and steel are the most prosaic of building materials, used in North America mostly for industrial purposes, although a few modernist architects have played with the stuff. Invented in 1828 , it was used in the earliest prefabs, shipped from Britain around the world, but fell out of fashion as local building industries developed. Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 In Iceland, corrugated galvanized iron arrived in the 1860s; according to Adam Moremont and Simon Holloway in Corrugated Iron: Building on the Frontier , Ships travelling north from Britain to buy sheep would carry cargoes of corrugated iron to sell in Reykjavik, where it quickly became clear that the material was well suited to the isolated volcanic island with limited local construction materials. Architect Pall Bjarnason told me that it is a wonderful material for such a h...

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