Indaten®: a unique steel for an exceptional school project
The use of Indaten® weathering steel makes a significant contribution to the distinctive appearance of Pôle Molière, a multi-functional education complex in the north of France.
The architecture agencies responsible for the project, Atelier Bettinger Desplanques and Acau, were faced with two challenges:
“We wanted to highlight the original building by preserving its shape and main facades,” explains Anne Bettinger, co-director of Atelier Bettinger Desplanques. “We decided to clad the facades of the building with cassette panels in Indaten®. The natural aesthetic appearance of this weathering steel blends in perfectly with the existing brickwork. Its rugged decorative qualities enhance the building’s heritage. When exposed to the environment, the steel oxidises and develops a natural rust-brown patina.”
The advantage of this natural environmental oxidation is that no chemical treatment is needed and corrosion is prevented, guaranteeing that the steel will have a long service life.
“The Indaten® cladding does not require any maintenance or special treatment, which has both practical and financial benefits,” adds Anne Bettinger.
A structural steel that is highly resistant to atmospheric corrosion, Indaten® forms a protective patina that changes depending on the environmental conditions.
Indaten® is ideal for the exteriors, facades, and structural elements of buildings and bridges as it is: