Granite® Silky Mat adds permanence to pre-fabricated structuresFounded in 1575, the University of Leiden is one of the world’s oldest universities. But when it came to creating a new building to house the University’s Board they turned to modular construction and one of the industry’s most modern cladding materials – organic coated Granite® Silky Mat from ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products. The finished structure has the appearance of a permanent building, but retains a flexible character which will enable the university to adapt to the modern world.
“The University asked us for a building that would last between 10 and 15 years, but which would blend in with the existing built landscape,” explains Koen Gosens, account manager at De Meeuw
– the company charged with designing and building the new offices. “The power of De Meeuw is that we can quickly create such buildings using a modular system.”
De Meeuw typically utilises its own pre-fabricated system for modular construction. However, that system features a corrugated appearance. “That would not have fitted with the University’s environment,” notes Koen Gosens. “Our R&D department had a copy of the Steel Envelope design guide from ArcelorMittal, and there we found a sample of Granite® Silky Mat.
I suggested it to the customer and they were immediately excited. Granite®
Silky Mat fulfilled both their quality and aesthetic expectations.
The Anthracite colour was also a perfect fit with the adjacent buildings.”