The Aviodome: a former aviation museum in Schiphol airport. A major characteristic of the museum is the impressive metallic dome under which various aircrafts were displayed. In 2018 this dome will receive a new purpose, and will function as a meeting and conference location, and renamed to Amsterdome.
The immense dome, with a diameter of 60 meters and a height of 23 meters, will be rebuilt this spring. The construction consists of loose fitting pie shaped tips, whose points are linked together by means of coupling pieces. The result is a self-supporting roof without beams. So the question posed becomes, how do you re-assemble such a construction in a sustainable and aesthetic way? The solution is Cocoon’s seam- and gap sealant.
In the spring of 2018, the roof will be reassembled, to be able to act as a unique meeting location. However, the roof is in such an old state that the pie tips no longer connect seamlessly. During the reconstruction of the roof, a total of six kilometer seams must be sealed. And this is where Cocoon comes in.
Flexible, aesthetic and sustainable: the characteristics of Cocoon
Sealing a self-supporting roof requires a lot of expertise. The seam seal must meet the following requirements:
- The roof is self-supporting and also made of aluminum, which expands with heat. The construction therefore shifts and the seal must shift along with it.
- The look and feel must match the rest of the aluminum roof.
- It must be a sustainable solution that can easily be replaced.
The solution lies in Cocoon Holland’s seam & gap seal. A method in which we use PVC. This is very elastic, weather-resistant and can be applied in various colors. Another big advantage is that this product lasts for at least ten years. The expected life span is even twenty years. When the seal needs to be renewed, a new layer can be applied without having to remove the old layer.
Seam sealing at high altitude
Armed with the necessary fall protection gear, our four men will carry out the project for six weeks. At the moment we are engaged with the preparations: manufacturing custom-made foil that is to be applied on the seams using an adhesive primer. At last, we finish everything into the final color, so that it resembles the old aluminum structure as closely as possible. On June 4 the sealing of the six kilometer seam will commence.