University Of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Project: External and internal decorative cladding
Location: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Science Park, Netherlands

Client: Sorba Projects, Amsterdam
Architect: Architecture Studio HH, MVSA, Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau
Engineering Consultants: Rudy Uytenhaak / MVSA Architects
Main Contractor: Sorba Handover: 2007

To give the development of the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science (FNWI) on the new Amsterdam Science Park real stand-out quality, the architects devised a unique interior and exterior design concept. Thousands of FRP composite cladding panels would bear a 3D effect showing countless circles in relief, combining to form a pixelated pattern.

Realising the architect’s vision, BFG engineered and delivered 4774m2 of moulded composite panels, each carrying a raised pattern of black burls which are an abstract representation of microscopic skin cells. In all, 2970 high gloss composite panels measuring 2 x 1.2m were created, each one light, weather resistant, easy to install - and delivering high levels fire retardance.

Fabricated using RTM moulding, the two colour pixel design was manufactured as an integral part of the cladding, with a special process of dual gelcoating on the pixelated areas, meaning that no additional painting was required.