Gothic Steel Building
Gothic style of architecture was developed during the medieval times. Many of the old churches and cathedrals, even palaces that people visit and see today, were developed in as early as 12th century. The main features of the gothic architecture are pointed arches. The gates and windows are large and high rise shaped like arches and pointed at the top. The support to the high roofs was provided by ribbed vaults, which is the intersection of two or three vaults. Additionally, flying buttresses were built along the sides, which provided lateral support to the heavy walls.
The modern churches are usually built as high rise buildings but the ribbed vaults and flying buttresses are avoided, mainly because they are very costly and cheap alternatives are available in this modern era. However, the arches and pointed features of the gothic style architecture are still copied in many buildings across the globe.
A medium size, 9,307 sq. feet gothic style steel building may cost up to $139,605, i.e. $15 per SF.
When it comes to the construction of such complicated figures, people rely on concrete and bricks to carry out the construction. However, the widespread use of steel among the construction industry has opened doors to the possibility of creating gothic style buildings using steel as the construction medium. There are many reasons why steel should be used for developing gothic style buildings:
Cost effective: The steel as a main medium will be less costly and you can spend the saved money on other aspects of the building. The construction is hasty, with all the components being pre-engineered. The assembly of the material will save on labor costs, as joining steel rims and beams together is easier than installing everything brick by brick. The steel is non-corrosive and will not decay, reducing the long term maintenance costs.
Eco-friendly: Steel can be recycled, unlike bricks or timber, which will rot over time, and once it is fixed, it will be hard to dismember it.
Safety: Steel is fire resistant and can save you 40% on insurance if you decide to build the cathedral with metal.
Strength: A steel structure can bear heavy usage by harsh weather and even then, stand straight. Steel is rigid and sturdy, giving the inside of the church protection from the outside temperatures.
Enclosed environment inside the building: It does not matter if you are building the church in a colder area or setting it up in a hotter location, it will protect the inside environment in both the cases. If the outside is warmer and you have installed air conditioners in the church, the cooling will be trapped inside and not leave until you want it to. Same will happen with colder environment in the outside: the heat will be caught.
Malleable: Steel is a malleable alloy; it can be transformed into any desired shape. Therefore, the gothic style features can be added without the hassle of extensive work on bricks and woods. The arches, pointed tops and A-frame high pitched roofs can be easily created and assembled using steel.