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Fiber façade wraps a Dutch master museum

July 1st, 2010 / By: / Exteriors

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a municipal modern art museum, closed in 2008 to launch a major makeover—including a futuristic building extension built from hybrid para-aramid and carbon fibers. Teijin Twaron, a member of the Teijin Group located in Amsterdam, sponsored the new extension. “Donating a structure made of Teijin’s leading-edge materials to the Stedelijk Museum is a wonderful marriage of Dutch culture and Teijin technology,” says Teijin Ltd. President and CEO Toru Nagashima.

The design involves an eight-layer construction of strong Twaron para-aramid and carbon fiber from Toho Tenax, a Teijin Group subsidiary in Germany. The total extension surface is approximately 3,000m2, a total of 24,000m2 of composite material. Amsterdam architects Benthem Crouwel chose the technology because of its strength, stability in fluctuating temperatures and ability to form one seamless surface. The museum will re-open next year.

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