Corten has a rusty appearance that is just about the opposite of the slick, shiny materials that many people associate with contemporary architecture, so it is understandable that some passersby weren't sure what to make of the Toronto home Rendely clad it in.
"People said, 'What are you going to clad over that? It's not finished yet, right?'" said Rendely, the founder of Cindy Rendely Architexture, a Toronto-based firm.
Corten, the brand name for what's also called weathering steel, may still be unfamiliar to some, but over the past few years the material has been gaining in popularity among architects and landscape designers who are drawn to its organic, earthy quality. Though it will eventually develop a richly-textured patina, its constantly changing appearance makes it a unique choice for designers looking for a material that's a bit outside the box.