Teijin - Arnhem
In Arnhem, the former laboratory of Teijin Aramid was converted into the new global headquarters. The building was completely stripped and then rebuilt according to a design by APTO Architects. This renovation was carried out by main contractor BAM, and Sorba was asked to act as subcontractor for the facades and the cladding and substructure, opting for steel frame construction.
Focused on sustainable growth
The former laboratory building was stripped down to the concrete shell. The building was then completely rebuilt using current technologies and techniques. Sustainability has been a spearhead, which can be seen in the use of solar panels, heat pumps, water-saving taps, external blinds and heat recovery. As a result, the building has an A+ energy label. The environmental impact of the building is further reduced by a green wall that houses some 1,500 plants. Electric cars and bicycles and the use of local products in the restaurant further contribute to a sustainable society. And, some of the material from the demolition of the old laboratory has been used as paving.
The entire facade has been modernised, giving the building a completely new look with the allure of an international head office. The application of three colours, white, anodised and blue-grey, of the aluminium composite material Alpolic, gives this facade a sleek modern look. The fact that all the materials used can be recycled contributes even more to the sustainable character of the building.
Steel versus wood
Sorba provided both the cladding and the steel frame construction for this project. The advantages of steel frame construction over timber frame construction (HSB) are mainly that steel frame construction produces a higher quality end result and has a longer lifespan. It can also be recycled at the end of its service life. All these points indicate that the most sustainable solution was also considered here.
The steel frames were installed directly on the concrete, after which insulation and the Alpolic cladding were fitted. A total of 3130 m² of steel frame construction and 2455 m² of Alpolic cladding were installed here. The facades and curtain walls were also supplied by Sorba and installed by Intal Opmeer.
More information about this project can be found here