The new wing of the museum, which is known affectionately as the “bathtub” due to its distinctive shape, features a smooth, seamless, shining white façade and canopy incorporating 185 composite panels made with Teijin Group’s Twaron para-aramid fiber and Tenax carbon fiber. Measuring 100 meters by 25 meters, it is the world’s first and largest-scale composite building using Twaron and Tenax, forming a striking contrast to the original neo-renaissance building of the museum while appearing to float freely in the air.
The Teijin Group, a Japanese enterprise with some group companies operating in Europe and its regional headquarters located in Amsterdam, has been sponsoring the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since 2007, as one of its many cultural initiatives based on its corporate philosophy to grow and evolve in harmony with society. Teijin is sponsoring the exhibition to emphasize the strong bonds between Japan, Teijin and the Netherlands.
Composite panels used for the “bathtub”
Twaron para-aramid fiber produced by Netherlands-based Teijin Aramid and Tenax carbon fiber produced by Teijin Carbon Europe in Germany were combined with vinylester resin in composite laminates, forming the outer skins of a composite sandwich construction with a core of PIR foam. Whereas the resin expands as the temperature rises, both Twaron and Tenax fibers actually contract, therefore ensuring absolutely minimal thermal expansion of the panels and realizing a seamless look while giving enormous structural stability to the “bathtub.” Unlike structures made with glass, metal or glass fiber composites.
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