Built in the south of Amsterdam, The Amstelveen Theatre building origins date back to 1975. In 2012, a renovation project was approved to transform the Theatre Tower into an elaborate performance space, doubling the height of the old building structure to increase the internal capacity for stage design.
Anja Blechen led the daring architectural vision for the new Theatre Tower and the project was masterminded at the globally recognised Dutch architectural firm Benthem Crouwel Architects.
A bold gold-coloured, pimpled facade was required to fulfil the design idea with aluminium composite panels perfectly matching the vision for the building’s exterior. However, the architect and client considered several material types before making their final choice. According to Benthem Crouwel, determining what to use was a challenging task, taking into consideration the project’s strict budget, durability, sound-proofing and weight requirements.
Similarly, the architect’s envisioned pimpled effect outer building skin was equally challenging to bring to life.
Elval Colour’s etalbond FR aluminium composite panel with a fire-resilient core were incorporated into the Theatre Tower exterior structure.
The panels meet the highest international safety regulations. They are also easy-to-clean and maintain, making it a perfect choice for developers, working on structures in polluted metropolitan and industrial areas.
Etalbond can be customised to offer unique curved and flat surfaces and shapes in bright colours that matched with the Theatre Tower building’s architectural master plan. The aluminium panel’s innovative features provide a lively touch and character to buildings, which appeals to bold visionary architects.
For the Amstelveen Theatre, the panels were covered with a three-layer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coating for enhanced weather-resistance and completed with gold metallic colour. Then, to fulfil the pimpled effect, each 1.5m x 1.5m aluminium cassette were given a 13cm-deep hydroformed hemisphere in its core, shaped using a mould and highly pressurised water.
The Amstelveen Theatre Tower renovation project was completed in 2013. The building contains precast concrete slabs supported by a steel frame.
Offering time-efficient installation and full air recirculation functions, the ventilated facade structure supports the etalbond panels. These features improved the overall energy performance of the building without compromising the golden architectural vision.
The finalised building with its unique and reflective cubic structure stands out from the rest of the city’s buildings. The renovation project established a modern Amsterdam landmark with a theatrical flair that seems to shimmer during the day.
Elval Colour has redeveloped the Theatre Tower into a distinctive glowing gem in the city’s architectural landscape.