The “Tapijnkazerne” is a former military barracks in the Netherlands and after a thorough renovation this academic year put into use by Maastricht University.

The challenge: inks ‘falling off’ the screen

Printable was approached in an early phase to create a technical solution for customised prints for the screens, after previous printing tests had failed.

The experience of Printable was necessary to make the selected Helioscreen screening textile receptive for our unique printing and coating technique. To apply our formula on this screen, which is key to achieve the high quality standards, Printable needed to change the structure of the textile so that our PU-coating would do what it should do.

This coating is essential, because it makes the textile highly resistant to, amongst others, the effects of weather (wind, hail, UV). The result: a beautiful print with an unlimited guarantee on appearance for 5 years.

Project Description
Project Tapijnkazerne
Location NL-6211ME Maastricht
Substrate Helioscreen Sergé 3% 117117
Quantity 125 m2
Year 2020
Contractor Schellekens & Schellekens

Reinventing the process

About the project:

In 2020 the University of Maastricht openend the doors of their new location: the Tapijnkazerne. The building houses the school of Business and Economics, UMIO and the library of the university. This historic site, that was build in 1916, had previously being used as a military base barracks and retired in 2010.

The building was redesigned to make it a green environment, while keeping some of the buildings’ characteristics. The main entrance under the park of the historic buildings was transformed to become an underground building that connects the old barracks. The glass facade offers a great opportunity to make a unique appearance, but it also requires protection against the direct sunlight, both for practical and energy savings reasons. Therefore, a series of zipscreens was installed by Schellekens & Schellenkens, using a grey Helioscreen textile.

Maastricht University commissioned the renowned and award winning photographer Robin de Puy to create an artwork for these screens. The images used for the sunscreens show humanity in different settings. Each screen has its own photo and obviously, these beautiful photos deserved a print quality to the highest standards. The artwork is called “Screening Diversity”.

We work with carefully selected fabrics from renowned technical textile manufacturers.

All textiles have been thoroughly tested, based on the actual real-life conditions and compared to equivalents. This is how we safeguard the long-term suitability of our products for each application and offer unique guarantees.