I’ve been getting more and more into a couple materials in construction:
There’s something very static yet actively protective about it. I love the colors and tones varying with time and rust patterns. Earthy. And the best thing about weathering steel is the zero to low maintenance of it (in a desert climate, it doesn’t do so well in humid settings).
Its properties of being able to let the light in while blocking the light out, is amazing. Privacy, yet openness. I wouldn’t use that for a house, but for a workshop? Absolutely. Working with natural light while being inside is a huge plus.
I’d use corten steel on a house, here and there, as an accent and additional, external protective layer. If I was ending up in the desert desert though, I would use it more, like my dude Rick Joy.