One of our most high-profile projects; the composite facade of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. And one of the few projects that immediately received a national nickname, ‘the bathtub’.
It was clear from the very beginning that this would be a technically very challenging but realizable project. A 2700 m², white, shiny and seamless composite surface that floats above the Amsterdam Museumplein; that was the idea of Benthem Crouwel Architects for maximum contrast with the original building of the museum.
Without wanting to think in terms of ever bigger, higher, further, the Stedelijk Museum is, to our knowledge, the largest plastic object in the world. In any case, it is the largest seamless structural composite building construction to date.
An iconic building that has been made possible by applying the combination of carbon and aramid fibers. Due to an opposite reaction to temperature changes, this combination ensures minimal expansion of the material. These unique properties of the fibers make the seamless and smooth facade of more than 100 meters in length possible.