Texaco fuel station, Kruibeke

The Texaco fuel station in Kruibeke, Belgium, is special because of the material used. A structural layer of Polyurea thermoplast has been sprayed over a structural polystyrene foam core. The material and production process chosen enabled the realisation of a double curved shape. Composite materials provide freedom of geometry and good insulation. These properties have definitely been integrated in the design of this building. 

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.


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


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

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