Façade cinema building, Gouda

Solico engineered the composite façade for the new cinema of the city of Gouda. At night, the façade is illuminated to emphasize the various windows that symbolize the diaphragm of a cinema camera.The façade is comprised of panels of 3.5m wide and 13.5m high. The panels are 30cm thick and therefore provide good insulation. 

City of Gouda

The specific weight of composites varies between 1.5 and 2.0 compared to 2.7 to 7.8 for aluminium and steel.

Freedom of geometry

Double curved shapes are easily produced in composite materials at almost no extra cost. For production of limited series the relatively low moulding costs are an additional benefit.


Slender constructions and seamless façades are examples of aesthetics driven design. These type of structures are impossible to construct with traditional materials.

Integration of functions

By combining functions such as strength and insulation in one product, a composite solution is often more cost effective than the sum of traditional solutions.


Typical GRP lambda values are 1, compared to 50 for steel and 237 for aluminium, which results in excellent insulation properties.

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