Top 10 Modern Rusty Buildings

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Photo © Bruce Damonte

Rust usually denotes decrepitude of a sort. It’s the slow erosion and eventual disintegration of iron and steel, mechanization and industrial prosperity. It’s the nasty, depressing byproduct of vanquished hopes, dreams, and growth. After all, they don’t call it the Rust Belt for nothing.

Still, despite its metaphoric drawbacks, rust—weathered steel—is being embraced by architects all over the world (or at least by those in hospitable climates). One of the year’s most significant projects, SHoP’s Barclays Center in Brooklyn, wears a bristling coat of the stuff, though, it should be said, much to the neighborhood’s dismay. Herzog & de Meuron used it in Madrid for their much-beloved CaixaForum Madrid, where the rusty facade is paired rather nicely with a vibrant garden wall. In any case, rusted materials are indeed difficult to work with, but that isn’t stopping architects from making great use of them. Just have a look at these ten projects to see just how to use rust.

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Bubbletecture H
Sayo-cho, Hyogo, Japan
Designed by Shuhei Endo

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Vanke Tripple V Gallery
Tianjin, China
Designed by Ministry of Design

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Roadside Reststop Akkarvikodden
Lofoten, Norway
Designed by Manthey Kula

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Photo: Candice Lake

Archway Studio
London, UK
Designed by Undercurrent Architects

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Photo: Duccio Malagamba

CaixaForum Madrid
Madrid, Spain
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron

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Broadcasting Place

Photo: Sapa: Architectural Aluminium Solutions

Broadcasting Place
Leeds, England
Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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Chateau Barde-Haut Winery
Gironde, France
Designed by Nadau Lavergne Architectes

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Villa Midgård
Stockholm, Sweden
Designed by DAPstockholm

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Celtic Museum Glauburg
Glauburg, Germany
Designed by kadawittfeldarchitektur

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Photo: Olivier Wogenscky / Stephan Lucas

Childcare centre in Lomme
Lomme, France
Designed by Colboc Franzen et Associés

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