Architecture

With composites, Architects can create complete free-formed shapes and different finishes and textures to structural facades. Solico has ample experience in structural engineering of such architectural elements, and for example, the approval processes involved. 

Composite engineering for Architecture

Our knowledge and expertise allow such structures to move from the Architectural design, through plan approval into production faster and more efficiently. In addition, Solico is frequently supporting the end-user by providing independent supervision and quality assurance of production facilities.

Our specialization is composite engineering. We believe composites can make a difference in the Architectural world, because of its many advantages:

  • Composite is lightweight and extremely strong. Therefore:
    - Installation is faster and easier, using less crane capacity
    - The structures imposes less load on the foundations of the building
  • The coefficient of thermal expansion of facades can be influenced by amending fibre types and orientation, matching, for example, their substructure.
  • Composites provide unique appearances, such as matte- and high gloss painted metallic paints, wrapped surfaces and fire-proofed painted surfaces.
  • The cycle time of series-produced components is commonly lower than traditional materials, creating scheduling benefits.
  • Composite is virtually maintenance-free, and corrosion-resistant;

In summary, composite can turn every complex design into reality. Check all benefits of composites.

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Solico takes care of services such as engineering, quality testing via our lab and the possibility for an office on site. View the variety of architecture cases here.

For more information, please contact us.

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Madurodam - Defeat the Waterwolf

Madurodam - Defeat the Waterwolf

The live size pumping station in Madurodam is a replica of the Cruquius pumping station, used in the Netherlands to drain lakes and reclaim land. This replica has 6m long 'cast-iron' look glass fibre reinforced composite arms that move the pumps. 

Customer: Nedcam

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Quay, Hoboken

Quay, Hoboken

Together with Vink BVBA, Solico worked on the quay bridge for Umicore. The bridge is 120 meters long and is made 100% of composite material. The bridge is composed of several parts which were assembled using bolts, nuts and connection profiles. 

Customer: Vink BVBA

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Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Centre, Tel Aviv

Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Centre, Tel Aviv

The 5 roofs, designed to look like dove wings, were not achievable using conventional materials. The option of using concrete material measured over 1m in thickness. This would have resulted in a much too heavy weight for the building to sustain. 

Customer: Holland Composites

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Translucent canopy, Aalst

Translucent canopy, Aalst

An innovative Canopy for the new bus station in Aalst, Belgium was manufactured and placed by PolyProducts. Solico was responsible for the engineering of this challenging project. This is a genuine innovative project which shows that composites are not only very durable and strong but can look good as well. 

Customer: Polyproducts

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Eric van Uden

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