Client: Teijin Aramid / BAM
Architect: APTO Architects
Location: Arnhem, The Netherlands
Surface: 8 metres long and 1.8 m wide
Material: Carbon Epoxy with foam core
Details: The carbon / aramid staircase is produced from Teijin’s own carbon and aramid fibres, which have a unique type of weave.
On the former AkoNobel site in Arnhem, many existing buildings have been extensively renovated and modernised. C5, one of the former research buildings, now houses the head office of Teijin Aramid BV. A striking eye catcher in the central hall is the 8 meter long staircase, made of clear coat carbon.
Teijin Aramid and Holland Composites have cooperated successfully before: in making the new facade of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. This facade also consists of carbon/aramid composite. As a result of this cooperation, Teijin Aramid has asked us to produce a staircase for their new headquarters in Arnhem, using their own fibers.
Honoured by this request, together with our regular engineering firm Solico and in collaboration with construction firm BAM, we brought the beautiful design by APTO Architects to life in this stunning result. Teijin Aramid’s carbon / aramid fibers are characterized by their unique style of weaving. In combination with the bamboo stair treads and the carbon handrails, the staircase is a true masterpiece in the middle of the entrance to the new head office.
Typical characteristics of carbon composite are its light weight combined with enormous construction rigidity. This made it possible to transport the entire staircase, including carbon handrails and bamboo treads, from our factory in Lelystad to Arnhem and install it in the head office, which was almost finished at that time.
The thorough preparation with construction company BAM regarding the coordination of connections to the floor and intermediate floor anchoring, has led to a smooth assembly process. The mirroring clear-coat carbon finished staircase, which would not be out of place in a super yacht of any size, is now showing off in Teijin Aramid’s new and completely renovated head office in Arnhem.
Read also the article from the Dutch trade magazine Bouwen in het Oosten about the special renovation of the former Akzo building C5 into the head office of Teijin Aramid BV (in Dutch).
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