Amsterdam’s Noorderpark swimming pool seems to cry with happiness when it rains. The rainwater trickles its way down the spiral-shaped ‘Sierra Papa’ façade, which has been playfully suspended under a perforated drain channel.
The façade is on the exterior and therefore needs to be capable of withstanding the elements. It is made of stainless steel of an outdoor standard of quality (AISI 316 / WS 1.4401).
Our engineering department developed a smaller mesh size at the customer’s request, with de Architekten Cie subsequently assessing the end result from an aesthetic perspective and testing its safety.
The façade has a playful character, thanks to the spiral shape of the mesh and the undulating underside. The firm of architects designed the pattern and supplied it to us in 1:1 templates. We cut the meshes in curves and the building contractor took care of the installation.
Transporting the large, heavy façade was our responsibility, and the contractor was keen to hear our thoughts on getting it attached. It needed to be as straightforward as possible, with minimal manpower required. We developed a steel tube onto which we rolled the mesh. In situ, the column was placed on a pedestal and positioned vertically alongside the façade. Thus enabling the contractor to unroll the mesh from the tube and secure it to the rail bit by bit.