Classic Examples of Different Large Scale Steel Building Projects

Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Image Credit: Ildefonk.

Allianz Arena

The Allianz Arena is a breathtaking football stadium located in Munich, Germany. Completed in 2005, the stadium is arguably one of Munich’s most popular landmarks.

The arena can hold up to a maximum of 69,901 spectators – including  2,000 are business seats, 400 press seats and 106 are luxury box suites.

More than 22,000 tonnes of steel were used to create the structure, with another 14,000 tonnes used to create the arena’s gigantic parking garage which can hold up to 9,800 cars.

Rungrado May Day Stadium

North Korea’s Rungrado May Day Stadium is a stunning building which can seat up to 150,000 people, making it one of the largest capacity holding stadiums in the world.  Its total floor space is in excess of 2.2 million sq ft (207,000 sq m), spread across eight stories. Completed in 1989, the Rungrado May Day Stadium is largely used for sporting events.

Sixteen arches complete the building’s roof, which was created using, 11,000 tonnes of steel.

Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower)

The Willis Tower is a 108-story, 1451-foot (442 m) skyscraper located in Chicago, Illinois. Upon completion in 1973, the Willis Tower rose above New York City’s World Trade Centre, making it the tallest building in the world – a rank that it held for a quarter of a century.  Today, the tower still holds the title as the tallest free standing structure in the United States.

Originally known as the Sears Tower, Sears’ naming rights to the building expired in 2003.  In 2009 insurance broker Willis Group Holdings officially renamed the building the Willis Tower.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall  is a beautiful steel structure which first opened its doors in October, 2003.  Designed by Frank Gehry, it is best known for its amazing exterior design, as well as its world-class acoustics.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is constructed using matted stainless steel and shiny panels.  It truly is a sight to behold!

Steel an excellent building material no matter how large or big the project!


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