Year of construction
Name of the client/building owner
Municipality of Amstelveen
- Function of building
Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Number of layers
Type of application of the membrane
The spiritualty of the building is materialized in a contrast of materials. The base of the building is made of stone as metaphor of heaviness, gravity and earthly. The cover is a membrane, showing lightness, clearness and heavenly. Evidently the quality and translucency of the membrane was of vital importance for the architect.
Material of choice wasSerge Ferrari TX-30, a strong material which, above all, is easy to maintain clean. Processing TX-30 is a specialized work, executed by Buitink Technology.
The shape stands out in the green surroundings of the cemetery. It also stands out from a structural point of view. Before the architect choose to use fabric as the pavilion’s envelope, the geometry was already defined. A geometry which deviates from conventional membrane structures as the shape is not a typical minimal surface, it’s not a shape which the fabric takes by nature. When working in the digital model of the project, Tentech tweaked and tuned tensions in different areas of the membrane - manipulated the ‘natural’ shape of the fabric into the architects’ design.
PRECONTRAINT TX-30 is a new innovative material, developed by Serge Ferrari to guarantee both more natural light input and a useful life of over 30 years for demanding projects. The PVDF top treatment is CROSSLINKED using a reticulated process. It creates irreversible chemical links between the PVDF molecules and provides long term benefits. As a consequence of its high resistance, the flexible top treatment has to be abraded before welding.
Description of the environmental conditions
Material of the cover
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2)
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure