Hong Kong Building Exteriors and Railings

This resource is a case study on the stainless steel exterior found on the Cheung Kong Centre in Hong Kong, built in 1999. The structure is located less than 1.6km from the harbor. Therefore it is exposed to sea salt in the air and rain, making the area highly corrosive. EN grade 1.4401 (type 316) was used for the wall panels with a fine No. 4 finish in order to ensure a unique look that possessed high durability. Rain and regular maintenance cleaning ensures contaminants and dirt is removed. The study contains information and images describing the stainless steel elements, design criteria and 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.