West Beat Amsterdam
A new multifunctional complex is being built in Amsterdam. It is called West Beat. It connects the city centre and the district of Amsterdam Nieuw-West. The building offers space for an underground car park, 150 homes, workplaces and social and cultural activities such as theatre, exhibitions, meetings, etc.
The ground floor is also called the Super Space. It is a large open space of 65 x 50 meters with an 8.5 meter high ceiling. The ceiling consists of very big arches. These arches create different spaces while the floor surface remains free. This makes the space flexible to use for various activities.
Curved facade construction
The characteristic arches are reflected in the facade of the building, giving the building an open and modern look. For this facade Kersten has produced both curved steel profiles and aluminium facade profiles.
Steel construction company Siem Steur supplies and installs over 50 tons of steel to West Beat Amsterdam. The steel parts of the facade construction are curved by Kersten. Steel tubes 100x100x4mm and strips 300x6mm were bent with three different radii per length.
The highly insulating aluminium window frames and curtain walls were curved and machined by Kersten on behalf of Intal. These are Intaltherm profiles from the IT55 and IT77 series.
Depending on their position, the curtain walls, clamping strips and covers are curved in one, two or three radii. Kersten cut the curtain walls to size and added ravels, cut-outs and mounting holes and prepared the surface for powder coating and anodizing.
Image exterior: A2 Studio
Design: Studioninedots www.studioninedots.nl