You may have spotted the rust-coloured façade of our new museum extension if you’ve driven down Cheetham Hill Road recently, but what is it? Surely the multi-million pound extension hasn’t rusted before it’s even opened?
The answer is Corten (also called COR-TEN, aka ‘weathered steel’). This beautiful copper-coloured material is the corrosion resistant cladding on our new extension, etched with intricate and ornate patterns (more information on our designs and their inspiration to come). Designed by our architects, Citizens Design Bureau, the corten beautifully compliments the slate roofing and red brick of our original 1874 synagogue building.
When compared to other steels, corten has a unique chemical composition that means it is resistant to weather conditions like rain, frost, sun and snow. When exposed it forms a protective layer which looks like rust, giving it it’s aesthetic quality, but is actually an ‘oxidation layer’.
With its contemporary looks, whilst simultaneously recalling Manchester’s proud industrial heritage, we hope our new museum provides an exciting addition to Manchester’s architectural landscape.
But we’re not unique in using Corten. Here are our top 5 Corten buildings in Manchester:
1) People’s History Museum
2) Parkway Gate
Next on our list has to be Manchester’s first corten building. Parkway Gate, designed by Ian Simpson, is a striking part of Manchester’s skyline with three large student accommodation buildings. Photo by Simon Glyn, 2009.
3) Ordsall Chord Railway Viaduct