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Posted on 11 June, 2014

Hydroforming of etalbond®, the basic concept for the façade of the new Theater Tower Building in Amstelveen

The project involves the restoration and renovation of the existing Theater Tower Building in Amstelveen, Netherlands, which is located at the center of the city and dates back to 1975. The architectural vision was masterminded by Benthem Crouwel Architects.

Modern theater demands sophisticated equipment and a lot of space for stage design. The height of the old theater building was extended and the internal space reconfigured to a ceiling height of 7m so that new scenography equipment, ladders, gangways, nettings, and light support beams could be accommodated.

The Tower building envelope used a ventilated façade support system, which allows full air recirculation between the façade and the insulated substructure and much improved building energy performance. The substructure is made out of pre-cast concrete slabs which are supported by a steel frame. The outer skin of the façade consists of aluminium composite panels etalbond®, with a fire retardant core and are coated with a 3 layer PVDF coating for superior weathering resistance. The cassette dimensions are 1.5m x 1.5m, where a spherical shape has been hydro-formed. Etalbond panels are supported by a hanging Ventilated façade system that allowed fast installation and reinforced the aesthetic vision of the architect. Hydro-forming is a manufacturing process that applies hydraulic pressure on the panel which sits on a female mold of a given shape, in this case half a sphere.


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