Stedelijk Museum Reopens with Worlds Largest Composite Façade

On September 22nd, HRH Queen Beatrix opened the newly renovated Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The undisputed eye catcher on the Museumplein is also the largest composite building in the world.

The enormous white façade that now hovers above the square is an architectural first made possible using aramid and carbon fibre from Teijin. This is the first time that these fibres have been applied together architecturally.

Teijin, the manufacturer of these super fibres and main founder of the new Stedelijk Museum, was proud to contribute to the museum’s reopening.

President & CEO of Teijin Limited Shigeo Ohyagi says;

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is a global pioneer in the field of art and culture, our philosophy is to grow and evolve in harmony with society. In addition to investing in our own facilities, we also prove our commitment in other ways by supporting regional projects and investing in art and culture.

Amsterdam’s famous Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art originally opened its doors to the public in 1895 to exhibit the new, “modern” art that was creating a furor throughout Europe. A century later, the old Museum itself was in need of modernisation. The new addition to the Stedelijk Museum appears to be a seamless whole and stands in stark contrast to the original 19th century building. The composite façade was designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects.

Due to their negative thermal expansion coefficient, a combination of Teijin’s Twaron and Tenax products were used to create the seamless surface the architects had envisioned. The use of these fibres for the Stedelijk Museum ushers in a new phase in their architectural application. While Twaron has long been used in car tires, bulletproof vests, sailboats and airplanes, this is the first time they have been used in architecture together with Tenax.

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