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On September 19th 1928, construction started in New York on the Chrysler Building. Standing 319m high to the top of the spire the Chrysler building held the record for the world’s tallest building for less than a single year, when it was surpassed by the newly completed Empire State Building.
Designed in a distinctive Art Deco style, the façade of the Chrysler Building is constructed entirely of bricks over a load bearing internal steel frame.
Approximately 3,826,000 bricks were used in the construction of the outer walls – each laid by hand. The building was constructed over the course of 18 months and completed on 20th May 1930.
The Chrysler building stands today as an American cultural icon and still remains the world’s tallest brick structure. Whilst this building stands as a unique example of the versatility of bricks, the imperatives of modern building design make them a challenging choice for today’s high rise buildings.
Ventilated facade systems offer a number of benefits to the building designer.
Lightweight, durable and available in a huge range of materials, rainscreen systems allow buildings to achieve their aesthetic goals whilst utilising practical construction methods.
A typical rainscreen construction consists of non-structural cladding panels supported by aluminium brackets and rails. A drained and ventilated cavity is maintained behind the cladding and the system is fixed back to a lightweight metal frame or masonry substrate. Insulation material can be provided behind the cladding and optionally between the metal frame where present.