Dimensionally stable sheet material
In the past, hand-planed spruce timber boards would have been used. However, thanks to the use of Rockpanel cladding, Smit achieves two goals at once: adhering to the architectural guidelines and providing a sustainable, maintenance-free facade. "Rockpanel Lines XL is perfect for the traditional side facade with large horizontal cladding boards. The ornate facades require vertical panels, some of which need to align precisely with the width of the window frames to avoid any protruding elements. Thanks to the dimensional stability of Rockpanel, we can stay within the specified frame width with millimeter precision."
Stefan Wever, Project Leader at De Jong Ursem, explains, "A traditional wooden facade made of tongue-and-groove or shiplap always reacts to changes. Rockpanel is dimensionally stable and is resistant to moisture and temperature fluctuations. So whether you work in the heart of winter or in the blazing summer sun, your dimensions remain consistent. To adhere to the unique dimensions of Zaanse architecture, especially around the windows, you need to do a lot of research and pay extra attention to detailing. But once that's done, you can work quickly, easily, and with great precision on the construction site using Rockpanel."
Rockpanel not only performs well in terms of workability but also in terms of maintenance. "For rental properties, this is always an important aspect of material choice. In the design of the roof structure for Hof van Monet, there are many angles so nothing is truly consistent. For example, some roofs end at the first floor, while others end at the second. It is challenging in terms of execution but also in terms of maintenance. You won't have easy access to everywhere in the future. That's where it really makes a difference in terms of time and effort if you use a material that only needs occasional cleaning."
The Rockpanel facades of this exceptional design make Hof van Monet an impressive project. Wever says, "The ornate facades live up to their name. Building with modern materials in one of the oldest parts of the city center is always exciting. But the end result fits perfectly within the existing streetscape. And thanks to the colorfastness of Rockpanel, it will remain that way for many years to come." Smit is also more than satisfied with Hof van Monet and the use of Rockpanel cladding. "The success of this project depends on the detailing of the facade, and thanks to the dimensional stability of Rockpanel, it turned out exactly as we envisioned. We are very proud of the execution and the end result."