Stainless Steel stands the test of time

In 2015, Outokumpu’s stainless solutions realized various pristine customer projects from world heritage sites to historical new buildings:


outokumpuThe La Sagrada Família Basilica, a UNESCO world heritage site, chose Outokumpu to supply the stainless steel. Outokumpu has supplied stainless steel for La Sagrada Família basilica since 2013 in stainless steel rebar, bar, machined components and plasma-cut plate products. La Sagrada Família was designed in 1866 by famed architect Antoni Gaudí, commissioned in 1882 and planned to be completed in 2026, the centenary of Gaudi’s death.

The building has exceptional lifecycle expectations and unique design. When completed, 18 towers of La Sagrada Família will reach heights from 94 to 182 meters above ground level. Stainless steel rebar was selected first in the tower structures due to its high strength, exceptional corrosion resistance and reduced lifecycle costs. Outokumpu is the single-supplier for the project,
delivering products in Outokumpu Forta DX 2304 and Forta DX 2205 grades in easy to assemble sizes and shapes.

The basilica is a leading tourist attraction, with more than 3.2 million visitors annually. Tight logistics and strict safety controls demand a precise approach. Outokumpu meets those needs with punctual deliveries and bundled packaging.

Carles Farràs, representative for the Basilica of La Sagrada Família comments on the cooperation with Outokumpu: “We selected Outokumpu for its valuable technical assistance and also for the high quality of its products. We expect the construction process of the Basilica to continue until 2026 and believe that stainless steel is an ideal material that can meet our requirements. Outokumpu has been a great help in advising on cost efficient and long lasting solutions for our demanding structures.”

“We’ve worked closely with our customer in material selection and the mechanical properties needed for this design. We’ve also provided extensive project-specific assistance. The customer appreciates the fact that we work together to solve problems in structural topics. Maintenance is an obvious concern, as is threat of corrosion from carbon dioxide emissions,” says Outokumpu Long Products, Key Account Manager William Münzer.


World Trade Centre3 World Trade Center in New York chose Outokumpu stainless steel for its facade.

Four hundred tons of decorative stainless steel cladding shines in the New York skyline in 3 World Trade Center (3WTC) skyscraper. Italian façade constructor Permasteelisa S.p.A. came to Outokumpu in search of a very specific structurally textured surface – stainless steel with a Deco Linen look.

“The challenge is to manufacture the new stainless steel façade surfaces in exactly the same color and texture as the existing elements from 2012 to create perfect harmony between the surfaces. We are very proud to be the supplier for the façade panels for the World Trade Center complex, which marks a further chapter in our success story in the architecture sector,” explains Michele Arcadipane, Key Account Manager of Architecture & Building at Outokumpu.

Outokumpu earlier delivered around 150 metric tons of stainless steel for the construction of the 3 WTC podium in 2012.
Construction work on the site of Ground Zero is in full swing – the completion of the skyscraper is planned for 2016.

Outokumpu’s Deco Linen surface finish was not selected by the architects for aesthetic reasons alone. The surface characteristics of the building material have outstanding weather resistance and durability, making it ideal for large exterior expanses. The Linen texture generates particularly soft light reflections, extremely homogenous color gradients and an attractive sheen in sunlight.

Arcadipane adds: “Stainless steel is often pigeon-holed as a commodity. Its wide range of grades and look and feel of different surface finishes are not yet known to all architects and project planners. With 3WTC, we want to further demonstrate the creative potential of stainless steel and emphasise its vast artistic capabilities. Stainless steel is already popular among architects and
interior designers as an interior styling feature in ‘brushed’ and ‘polished finishes. But in recent years, textured stainless steel surfaces are gaining a reputation also as a superior exterior finish. With our wide range of patterned surfaces, we want to make Outokumpu stainless steel finishes the preferred choice for exterior surfaces, too.”


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