The building is a steel plate construction, consisting of a steel skeleton load bearing structure with 3 mm thick steel plates mounted onto the outer walls. The outward appearance is defined by two differently sized cubes pushed together resulting in rooms of different heights. The doors in the lower areas are room-high, as are the windows.
Due to a lack of research funding, the house planned originally -a model that could potentially be extended- was replaced by a non-variable house. The Steel House also remained the only building of its kind in Dessau.
Keywords: Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halle, Dessau, Siedlung Dessau Torten, housing, homes, low-cost, budget, affordable, experimental.