Naturalis, the Dutch National Biodiversity Center in Leiden has opened to the public. Designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects in collaboration with fashion designer Iris van Herpen, the project covers a total of around 38,000 m2 of which 18,000 m2 is of renovation and 20,000 m2 is of new construction.

With the interior fitout completed by Harryvan Interieurbouw, the Naturalis uses Fastmount panel mounting systems in the ‘Kroongevel’, or Atrium of the building. The panels that line the latticed 36 metre high atrium are 18mm oak veneered MDF mounted to a 15mm MDF substrate, using a total of 11,000 PC-F1A + PC-M2H/PC-VMX pairs from Fastmount’s Standard Range.

“We needed a solid and blind fixing off the wall panels, which we could easily program within the model/shape of the panels on our CNC machine. Fastmount has a wide range of hidden fixing clips, which fitted the job perfectly. At Naturalis in Leiden, we used 11,000 pairs of hidden clips for the shaped wall panels in oak veneer at the stunning Atrium,” commented Peter Dijkman, Engineer at Harryvan Interieurbouw.

The Harryvan Interieurbouw team was given technical support and supply by Fastmount distributor in the Netherlands, Kroon B.V.

Photos courtesy Hans Morren for Harryvan Interieurbouw and Fastmount.