To attain a true industrial aesthetic, there’s nothing better than the unique look and feel of hot-rolled industrial steel. Unlike cold-rolling, which requires extra processing at room temperature, hot-rolling shapes steel at blistering hot temperatures and requires no additional treatment. Hot-rolling typically produces a wider range of shapes as compared to cold-rolling, though with less rigorous tolerances for precision sizing. However, that hardly limits its application. From stairs to shelves, see its diverse uses in these five homes. From dwell.com.
Resolution: 4 Architecture designed this Fishers Island home with warm cedar siding and white windows as a nod to the regional New England vernacular. The modular system created by the architects at Resolution: 4 allows them to customize a home’s floor plan by stacking, lining up, and joining factory-built, rectangular modules. This is the largest prefab house the firm has completed to date with eight modules amassing around 4,500 square feet.
The fireplace wall, a Resolution: 4 signature, is made of 14-gauge hot-rolled steel panels with storage components in one-eighth welded steel. On one side is a pivoting privacy panel that allows the guest wing to be closed off. Art attaches to the metal with magnets.
Originally appeared in An Unconventional Prefab on Fishers Island
A New Zealand expat and her son use this prefabricated lakeside New Jersey retreat as an outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.
Resident Debbi Gibbs says the custom hot-rolled black steel storage unit in the living space’s one exterior wall was the architects’ “baby.” Having only one unit to house a television, a fireplace, and wood storage was a top priority. Even in the “baking hot” summer months, she says, “My son wants to roast marshmallows.”
photograph by Mark Mahaney,all rights reserved
Originally appeared in A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey
On Puget Sound, activist and filmmaker Anna Hoover collaborated with Les Eerkes, a principal at Olson Kundig Architects, on a 693-square-foot studio in the woods. Using freecycled materials and a six-footed foundation to rein in construction costs, Hoover and Eerkes created a distinctive structure that treads lightly on the land.
Cost-effective hot-rolled steel—steel being an Olson Kunding signature—covers the treads on the staircase leading to the sleeping loft.
Originally appeared in An Eco-Friendly Compact Cabin in Washington
Architecture firm _naturehumaine designed this dream hideaway in eastern Quebec; a centralized fireplace was built into a custom, multi-purpose cabinet welded from sheets of hot-rolled steel. It stores firewood, holds a TV, and even acts as a guardrail for the staircase.
Originally appeared in Amazing Cantilevered Home in the Mountains
This historic Dutch schoolhouse got a residential redesign from Standard Studio. Once a teacher’s lounge, the master bedroom now occupies the first-floor space. A hot rolled steel staircase leads to the lofted second-floor, an addition which brought more livable square footage to the overall program.
Originally appeared in A Cute, Open-Plan Renovation in a 100-Year-Old Amsterdam Schoolhouse