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Largest composite façade for Stedelijk Museum

News International-French

1 Oct 2012

Combination of Teijin’s Twaron and Tenax super fiber an architectural first.

HRH Queen Beatrix opened the newly renovated Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The undisputed eye catcher on the Museumplein is also the largest composite building in the world. The enormous and seamless white façade that now hovers above the square is an architectural first made possible with the high-quality Twaron (aramid fiber) and Tenax (carbon fiber) from Teijin. This is the first time that these super fibers together were architecturally applied.


Teijin, manufacturer of these super fibers and main founder of the new Stedelijk Museum, 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 Limited 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.” Aramid fibers, carbon fibers and composites are growth drivers for the Teijin group’s medium- to long-term management vision.


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 fibers and Tenax carbon fibers 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 fibers 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 airplanes, this is the first time they have been used in architecture together with Tenax.


Since 2000, the Twaron aramid fiber has been produced under the auspices of the listed Japanese company Teijin by the Netherlands-based Teijin Aramid. This super fiber is therefore a Dutch product by origin. In the early 1970s, AkzoNobel began developing these exceptional synthetic fibers and, following the takeover by Teijin in late 2000, they were further developed into a widely used, lightweight, heatproof and truly exceptional super fiber.


Tenax carbon fibers used in the façade are produced at Toho Tenax Europe GmbH in Germany. Carbon fibers are used in a wide range of fields, including in aircrafts, aerospace devices, sports equipment such as golf clubs, and in wind generator blades, pressure vessels, robots and automobiles.