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Spherical Mirror Façade in Rotterdam

The façade of the new Art Depot of museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam should blend in with its surroundings. That is the initial vision of architect Winy Maas of MVRDV. This spherical mirror façade will reflect the buildings surrounding the Art Depot. Sorba has the envelope package for the engineering, production and installation of this unique façade. The façade is almost finished and will be completed in 2020.

The design of MVRDV included the completely reflecting spherical façade. In this scheme Sorba develops the façade for main contractor BAM Grote Projecten. To build this façade Sorba uses double curved mirror glasspanels. Through the use of glass, the mirror effect will be crystal clear.  The radius of the art depot differs on ground level and on the roof. At ground level the radius is only 40 metres, and on the roof this extends to 60 metres. The façade counts 26 rows of panels with 64 glass panels per row. This leads to a total of 1664 3D curved panels. The glass panels are produced in China and every row has a different curvature in the glass.

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Curious as to how we give shape to the new spherical mirror façade of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam? From the structural drawings up until the installation in Rotterdam. Follow the assembly process of these unique panels in our new video! In this video we show you how we develop, assemble and install these panels!

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