10. The Chrysler Building was a customized building
Unlike the Empire State Building, which was built from existing stock materials, the Chrysler Building’s exterior design was customized and built in sheet metal shops on the 65th and 66th floors. Within this shop, designers also crafted the tower’s secret spire.
The exterior of the building can be characterized by its steel frame and stainless-steel cladding. The building boasts curved cladding, or a curved protective skin, in addition to its iconic triangular windows. Particularly notable near the top of the building, a solar theme is present in the building’s design.