“The Facade Masters: Sorba’s Contribution to the Fachhochschule Aachen Test Centre”

Within the walls of the Fachhochschule Aachen’s brand-new test centre, Sorba is leading the charge in creating a facade that is not only functional but also makes an aesthetic statement. In this masterpiece of façade engineering, the innovative aluminium composite cladding material Alpolic comes to life, embraced in shades of Deep Gray Metallic and Bronze Metallic. This article takes a detailed look at the process, choices and expertise used by Sorba to create this unique facade.

Aluminium Composite Cladding: Alpolic in Deep Gray Metallic and Bronze Metallic

The material used in this façade is Alpolic, an aluminium composite material known for its durability and versatility. In the elegant colours Deep Gray Metallic and Bronze Metallic, this material is formed into flat panels that will be prominently visibly fixed. This is where not only functionality comes to the fore, but also an aesthetic play with colours and textures.

Architect : Heinz Jerusalem

Client: Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Niederlassung Aachen

Material: aluminium composite material (Alpolic)

Photography credits: Heinz Jerusalem

Transparent Splendour: Perforations for Windows

A subtle but thoughtful element of the façade designs are the panels for the windows. These are fitted with careful perforations, allowing light to seep in subtly. This delicate balance between privacy and transparency adds a layering effect where functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand.

Heat resistance and Expansion: The Challenge of Nearby Chimneys

A unique challenge for the test centre façade comes from the nearby chimneys of the Aerospace Test Centre. Heat resistance and expansion become crucial requirements, bringing Sorba’s expertise in facade engineering to its full glory. Controlling these factors will be an essential part of the facade project.

Expertise in Action

The building does not look very spectacular but the execution of this facade project is an engineering feat. Sorba’s commitment to perfection is reflected in every detail. From the visibly attached panels to the thoughtful perforations, the façade tells a story of innovation and precision.

Aesthetic yet functional

As the facade builders of the future, Sorba does not just deliver a facade; they create a whole of technology, aesthetics and functionality. The Fachhochschule Aachen Test Centre gets not just an exterior, but a calling card of facade mastery. In the shadow of nearby chimneys and under the carefully chosen shades of Aluminium composite cladding, a facade is born that not only dresses up a building, but tells a story of Sorba’s unparalleled expertise in the world of facade technology.


  • 4 mm thick aluminium composite material (Alpolic) in Bronze Metallic and Deep Gray Metallic colours.
    Rotec grilles and insulation material were also included by Sorba in the overall finishing package.
    Surface materials used A total of about 1210 m² of aluminium composite material was used for the facade cladding.
Aluminium composite (Alpolic)

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