Low-maintenance façade boards
The Rockpanel Woods façade panels are mounted with adhesive, says Martin van Meggelen. He is the owner of P & J Gevelbekleding in Maasland that was responsible for the installation. “With adhesive you have no screw holes, and that delivers the best aesthetical result for this project. You lose nothing in terms of durability; if properly executed, the façade is just as strong as if mounted with screws. In the ten years that the building has stood there, there has been no issues whatsoever with the Rockpanel Woods panels.”
A wooden façade was considered, says Van Meggelen. “But in industrial projects that idea can often be deleted from the list quickly. Wood is a beautiful material, but it is high-maintenance, certainly in an environment full of exhaust gases and traffic movement. With Rockpanel Woods we have an alternative that is almost indistinguishable from real wood. And even under these demanding conditions they are practically maintenance-free. A rain shower or hosing down now and then is more than enough.”
Real sustainability is longevity
The greenport in Barendrecht is still under development. Almost all the structures have been overhauled since 2009. The Hollander Barendrecht building, however, still stands unchanged as a fantastic flagship, according to Krijgsman. “These days it’s all about sustainability. Heat pumps, solar panels and other smart solutions. But do you really want to build sustainably? Then put up something that simply stays for a very long time. Because it’s functional, flexible, and popular with its users.” Thanks to the practical design full of contrasts and the smart, dynamic use of materials, that has been beautifully achieved at Hollander Barendrecht.