This is a part of the build that I have been both excited and concerned about. Adding the Corten elements to the exterior of our self build.

I’ve never actually worked with the material before so it feels a little out of my comfort zone to use it now.

Shipped down from Scotland, we’re using the Corten panels above all of the windows, on top the cladding through our courtyard area and on either end of the building, and then adding Corten cap over the top of the parapet. We’re even going to incorporate it into the growing beds on our roof garden and around our sunken staircase.

When it arrived on site, there were concerns about the stiffness of the Corten and whether we would be able to bend and mould it as we needed, and about whether our chosen fixing method would work. 

As luck would have it, the process couldn’t have gone any smoother, and we are so pleased with how it looks.

Why Did We Choose Corten?

Corten is a mild steel alloy that, as it rusts, creates a weathered appearance on the surface.

If we had used normal steel, over time the rust will peel away and reveal a fresh layer of steel which will then rust and peel away, and so on, gradually eroding the material.

With Corten, the mix of the metals in its make up means that once it has created the surface layer of rust, it doesn’t expand and flake. The rust acts as a protective layer and creates the industrial look we were aiming for.

What I really like about the industrial feel of the material is that it reflects the industrial history of the area we are in and complements the local ironstone facade of the building. That bringing together of geology and history together through architecture feels almost poetic.

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