Building D is an outstanding example of how etalbond® can add extra architectural elegance.
When architects Benthem Crouwel wanted to give Amsterdam’s old Amstelveen Theater a golden makeover, they turned to Elval Colour for the solution. The new building is double the height of the old one and clad spectacularly in 500 Gold Metallic etalbond® panels, hydroformed with hemispheric pimples.
Staff moved into the new building in October 2013 and the well-ventilated, shaded and reflective design proved highly effective during a heatwave in January 2014 when temperatures in south east Australia peaked above 40 degrees Celsius. The embassy was also one of 20 projects recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects in June 2014, going on to win the INLITE Light in Architecture Prize.
The finished panels were formed into cassettes and subsequently mounted onto a custom-made support frame to create a three dimensional ‘basket weave’ pattern that gives the hospital a unique identity. The alternating geometry of the panels allows light to be reflected in multiple directions, creating a stunning visual effect and the sense of elegance and sophistication that Circle demanded.