The first composite panels for the massive 3,000m² façade covering the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam are now in place.
Japanese fibre manufacturer Teijin produced and donated the Twaron aramid fibre and Tenax carbon fibre for the composite used to create the façade which is designed by BenthemCrouwel Architects.
The cladding forms a joint-free surface. A solution was required that would minimize thermal expansion and obtain a seamless effect.
Cladding manufacturer Solico found the best solution was a sandwich construction with inner and outer skins made from a composite laminate resin strengthened by Aramid and carbon fibres.
This limits expansion to just 1mm per degree Celsius temperature rise. It is claimed a façade using a fibreglass composite or aluminium would expand almost two and a half times as much.