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Interpane: The Curve, new all-glass office building – a glass funnel on an ocean liner

2012-10-20 | Glazing / Insulating Glass

Amsterdam, like many European cities, is renovating and developing its once-industrial areas. The area of the harbour is no exception and, with the most recent addition: ‘The Curve’, is gaining more and more prestige.

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The old NDSM (Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company) docks in Amsterdam just got richer by one architectural highlight: the asymmetrical cone of ‘The Curve’, a highly transparent office building with six floors totalling 4,350 square metres in area, lies right by the harbour. Designer Ed Veenendaal and architect Oever Zaaijer have created a building that looks like the funnel of an ocean liner.
Metal construction specialist Octatube was responsible for implementing the challenging structural glazing façade: sloping triple panes up to five metres long, each with a unique shape and some weighing more than a tonne. Solar control glass ipasol neutral 50/27 with additional iplus E thermal insulation coating ensures a light-flooded interior, excellent protection from the summer heat and effective thermal insulation.
The site of the old docks is, today, a colourful creative centre – artists, designers and business start-ups have settled here. The old warehouses are filled with a labyrinth of containers sheltering offices and studios. The first new office buildings have risen on the large open spaces – MTV, Red Bull and now ‘The Curve’. Due to the good location, the building is even visible from the centre of Amsterdam.

Challenging glazed façade construction
The asymmetrical elliptical floor plan of the ground floor of ‘The Curve’ is 54 metres long and 26 metres wide. Vertically, the building forms a slightly twisted ellipse, g...





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