Barcelona Coastal Curtain Wall

This resource is a case study on the stainless steel exterior found on the Mapfre Office Tower in Barcelona, Spain, built in 1992 for the Olympics Games. The structure is located right on Barcelona’s coast meaning high levels of sea salt and moisture in the air make the area highly corrosive. Locally produced EN grade 1.4401 (type 316) was used together with high efficiency glass to create a distinctive look but also for durability. The study contains information and images describing on the stainless steel element, the design criteria and the performance of the finished product since construction. Also presented is a stainless steel selection criteria which uses the case study as an example, it considers: environment, salt exposure, weather, design and maintenance.