Recently, the new bus station in Tilburg was taken into use. Just like the renovation of the train station and the new bicycle parkings in the railway zone, the bus station was designed by cepezed architects. The new public transport facility generates its own energy and its design is thoroughly integrated. The new bus station is a part of the large-scale revitalization of the Tilburg public transport hub. It is fully tailored to the comfort of the travellers and to a clear and pleasant traffic flow. The facility is situated on the west side of the train station, roughly at the place that also occupied the former bus station, but with the location of the former Tilburion apartment block included on the far west side.
▼Tilburg公共汽车站概览，overview of the Tilburg bus station
▼设计概念草图-结构形成一个中心开放，长度超过160米的三角形流线，design sketch-the construction forms a triangular circuit with a length of over 160 meters and an open space in the centre
The basic setup consists of a series of very thin columns with an evenly minimalistic awning structure on top of them. The construction forms a triangular circuit with a length of over 160 meters and an open space in the centre. The bus positions are arranged around the outer side; six for boarding and one for deboarding. The awning circulation runs from 14 to 30 meters width in total and has two offsets in its contour. These are primarily functional and align with the urban context, but visually, they also resonate elegantly with the monumental roof structure of the train station. This also has an articulated structure and moreover seems to float, just like the bus station awning. The setoffs divide the overall structure into three segments. In the centre of every segment, there is green plantation surrounded by a sitting edge for the travellers. On the wide end of the circuit, the centre additionally contains a pavilion. This houses a staff canteen for the bus drivers, a public transport service point and a commercial space that has to find its function yet. An elevated terrace adjoins this commercial space.
▼中心是一个绿色的植物园，环绕着供旅客坐下休憩的边沿，in the centre of every segment, there is green plantation surrounded by a sitting edge for the travelers
▼从视觉上看，汽车站与火车站巨大的屋顶结构产生了优雅地共鸣，visually, the structure resonates elegantly with the monumental roof structure of the train station
使用光伏电池与ETFE的遮阳蓬结构|Awning with pv and ETFE
▼宽阔的遮阳蓬结构完全覆盖了整个公共汽车站台和停靠汽车的一部分，因此旅客可以完全在遮阳避雨的情况下上下车，the spacious awning all around fully covers the bus platforms and additionally part of the buses. Thus, travellers can always board and deboard sheltered and protected from the rain
The spacious awning all around fully covers the bus platforms and additionally part of the buses. Thus, travellers can always board and deboard sheltered and protected from the rain. The structure consists of a steel framework covered with ETFE-foil. The lighting is fitted above this foil. During the day, the awning filters the sunlight, while during the dark hours, it becomes one large and spacious lighting element that strongly adds to the travellers’ feeling of safety. 250 m² of solar panels lie atop of the awning. In strong daylight, these cast a shadow pattern on the ETFE that makes the travellers aware of their presence. The panels supply sufficient energy for all functionalities of the bus station, including the lighting of the awning, the digital information signs, the staff canteen and the public transport service point. The commercial space has its own energy circuit and energy meter.
▼雨篷使用钢框架，覆盖ETFE膜，照明设备安装在膜的上方，the structure consists of a steel framework covered with ETFE-foil and the lighting is fitted above this foil
一体化与细节|Integral materialization and detailing
Based on considerations regarding aesthetics as well as comfort, functionality and the use of materials, a lot of attention was paid to a setup, materialization and detailing that is as elementary as possible. Cepezed conceived a clear and pure system for the bus station and engineered it meticulously. For example, the thin columns composed of steel plates and strips also contain water drainage and electric cabling. The S.O.S.-button and intercom are also integrated into one of the columns. The folded sheet steel that functions as the central load-bearing stability beam also functions as a gutter. The lighting of the terrace adjoining the pavilion is integrated into the beams spanning the awning structure at that point. The sitting edges of black pigmented concrete contain a number of seats executed in strip steel with integrated heating. The drainage holes in the load-bearing gutter are also used for fixation of the stretched ETFE-foil, while the digital information displays are invisibly fastened. The pavilion has a function in the overall stability of the awning. Also, movement sensors have been integrated into the steel edge of the awning every 14 meters. These respond to the presence of busses and people so that the lighting is sufficient in every situation while the use of energy is kept to a minimum.
▼钢构造的纤细柱子内包含着排水管道和电缆，S.O.S.按钮和对讲机也设置在其中一根柱子上，数字信息显示器通过隐藏部件进行固定，thin columns contain water drainage and electric cabling, the S.O.S.-button and intercom are integrated into one of the columns, the digital information displays are invisibly fastened
▼可作为座位的黑色混凝土边沿上安装了许多带钢制作的带有集成加热的座椅，the sitting edges of black pigmented concrete contain a number of seats executed in strip steel with integrated heating
包容性、低维护与前瞻性|Inclusive, low maintenance and future proof
The bus station was also designed for inclusiveness. For example, the elevated terrace can be reached by wheel chairs through a ramp and the handrails between the terrace and the platforms have been provided with braille signing. The ETFE foil of the awning is self-cleaning and hardly needs any maintenance. For service on the solar panels and electrical equipment, the awning circulation is easily accessible via the pavilion and a walkable cable gutter. The overall unornamented design with a minimum of edges and corners reduces the costs for cleaning. Additionally, for the future, the bus station is already prepared for the placement of extra electrical equipment that can quickly charge electrical busses.
▼汽车站平面，bus station plan
Project: bus station Tilburg
Address project: Spoorlaan, Tilburg
Client: City council Tilburg
Architect: architectenbureau cepezed, Delft
Structural engineering: IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Rotterdam
Consultant mechanical & electrical engineering: Nelissen Ingenieursbureau b.v., Eindhoven
Consultant building physics, fire safety and Sustainability: Nelissen Ingenieursbureau b.v., Eindhoven
Landscape architect/urban planner: Atelier Quadrat, Rotterdam
Lighting: Atelier LEK, Rotterdam
Main contractor: BAM Infra bv, Gouda
Contractor steel construction: Buiting Staalbouw, Almelo
Contractor installations: Hoppenbouwers Techniek, Udenhout
Etfe roof: Buitink – Technology, Duiven
Design phase: October 2016 – September 2017
Construction phase: March 2018 – March 2019
Length and width | gfa building: 160 m en 30 m (at widest point) | 108m² bvo
Sustainability: 250 m² of solar panels on the roof; yield = NOM (zero use on the electric bill)
Photography: cepezed | Lucas van der Wee