The asymmetrical double façade which follows the curves of AkzoNobel’s corporate headquarters in Amsterdam provides more than an aesthetic finish. It helps to reduce noise levels and energy loss in the building. The shape of the façade would have proved challenging for traditional design methods but was successfully engineered by Royal HaskoningDHV structural design team using 3D techniques. The 3D model was also used as the basis for construction of the façade.

Complex shape beyond the reach of traditional methods

“It was a smart design which creates a visual feature of the façade while concealing the construction behind it,” explained Frans de Zwart, consulting engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV. “The shape was complex and would have been very difficult to achieve using traditional methods. We made it possible through the use of 3D modelling for both the drawing and calculations. At that time, such techniques were unusual so it was a real benefit for our client that we could apply these technologies.”