There is no doubt that aluminium structures have the power to be versatile, sturdy, light-weight, and eye-catching. This material offers numerous properties that make it ideal for windows, doors, cladding, partitions, shop fronts, and many other structures. While it certainly is ideal for small and large-scale residential and commercial applications, aluminium has been successfully used in the creation of numerous iconic buildings around the globe.

Today, we are sharing some of the most impressive aluminium structures that continue to serve as landmarks across the world. From world-famous statues to contemporary buildings, these structures show you just how flexible this metal can be, however it is used.

Incredible Aluminium Structures

Some of our favourite examples of amazing aluminium structures from around the globe include the following:

Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, England

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Situated in London, on the south-eastern side of Piccadilly Circus, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain is often mistakenly called ‘Eros’. Featuring a winged aluminium statue of Eros’ brother, Anteros. The sculptor Alfred Gilbert chose to use “The God of Selfless Love” to represent the philanthropic 7th Earl of Shaftesbury in this unique statue. The memorial was erected between 1892 and 1893 and is widely considered to be one of London’s most famous sculptures. An illustrated version is used as a symbol on a noted local newspaper. This sculpture is the first in the world to be cast in aluminium. It is set on a brass fountain.

Threads, Mexico


Another eye-catching structure, Threads is an office building in Mexico City – the capital of Mexico. Designed by California firm Belzberg Architects, vertical aluminium cladding was wrapped around the exterior of the building, which measures 4,074 square metres. The building was created as a headquarters for French company Pernod Ricard. Key features include dark glass and aluminium, with curved lines, laminated grey windows, and 272 aluminium ‘fins’ that create an interesting visual focal point. Exterior balconies are also created from the aluminium strips, offering protection against the elements on the building’s four corners.

The Wave, Netherlands

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The Wave is situated in the city of Almere in the Netherlands. This residential building was finished in 2004. With its unusual design, the building has a wave-like appeal that is not only eye-catching but also ideally suited to the environment. The high salt content of this town, combined with a high humidity level, required a light material that would not be at risk of corrosion. Aluminium was the ideal choice. This structure was designed by architect René van Zuuk and is located on the Weerwater. With its wave-like facade, the building is covered in silvery aluminium, with concrete walls and floors.

Wondering how you can use this versatile material in your home or business? Whether you are looking for long-lasting, practical aluminium products for your house, office, restaurant, shop, or any other type of premises, ParaGone is the preferred choice for quality aluminium doors and windows in Durban and surrounds. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about how to use this material for your own aluminium structures and construction requirements.