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Newly Renovated Stedelijk Museum with Largest Composite Façade Opened

02 October 2012

HRH Queen Beatrix has opened the newly renovated Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

The museum is also the largest composite building in the world. The seamless white façade that now hovers above the square is an architectural first  and Teijin says it was made possible through its  Twaron (aramid fibre) and Tenax (carbon fibre). This is the first time that these fibres have been architecturally applied together.

Teijin was proud to contribute to the museum’s reopening. “The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is a global pioneer in the field of art and culture,” says President & CEO of Teijin Shigeo Ohyagi. “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.”

Teijin explains, 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. “The Twaron aramid fibres and Tenax carbon fibres used to create the composite façade of this museum of modern and contemporary art is a beautiful addition that shows what Teijin stands for,” Ohyagi adds.

Due to their negative thermal expansion coefficient, a combination of Twaron and Tenax were used to create the smooth and 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 aeroplanes, this is the first time they have been used in architecture together with Tenax.