COR-TEN steel, (to give it its generic trademark form), is a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. It is also sometimes referred to as “Weathering Steel”.
And yes, maybe it’s easy to see why this material can be controversial. To the untrained eye of your regular, everyday passer-by, perhaps not au fait with architectural trends in materiality, they might simply see a rusty old bench or sculpture that hasn’t been looked after very well. After all, rust is bad righ
Ask any car mechanic. Or are we unwittingly dumbing down a much more discerning and visually literate public? A pubic who appreciate well designed outdoor spaces and actually, can grasp the intent of using textures and finishes as part of a locations theme?
Well instead of flipping a coin to settle this quandary, we decided to explore the topic further by asking some of the leading professionals within the UK’s built environment and landscape architecture industry their opinion regarding Corten.