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Busstation Tilburg


Busstation Tilburg 

Right next to Tilburg train station is where you find the new bus station. The cepezed design focuses entirely on passenger comfort and an orderly traffic flow. In addition, it’s a ‘zero-on-the-meter’ project: it generates as much energy as it consumes. The new bus station is part of the wholly modernized Tilburg public transport hub. cepezed designed all the other parts as well, such as two bicycle parking facilities.

  • client(s)
  • municipality tilburg
  • location
  • Tilburg
  • user(s)
  • public
  • expertise
  • architects
lucas van der wee | cepezed

Minimalist and green  

The basis of the bus station is a series of slender column pairs, on which a steel canopy structure covered with ETFE foil has been mounted. The structure forms an elongated triangular circuit with the bus stands along the outer edge. The heart of the circuit is open. Here, green zones with plants have been included, surrounded by a seating edge for the travellers.

At the broad head of the bus station, there is a pavilion in the heart of the circuit. It contains a staff room for the bus drivers, a public-transport service point and a commercial area with an adjoining raised terrace.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Platforms roof covering  

The spacious canopy covers the entire platform area and part of the bus stands. This way, passengers are always sheltered when boarding and disembarking.

During the day, the canopy filters the sunlight, while in the hours of darkness, it forms one large spacious lighting element. This contributes greatly to the feeling of security. On top of the canopy, there is 250 m² of solar panels.

lucas van der wee | cepezed
lucas van der wee | cepezed
lucas van der wee | cepezed

Integration in the structure  

A great deal of attention has been paid to achieving integral, elementary organization, materialization and detailing. For example, the columns contain both the drainpipes and the electrical cabling. The digital information boards are attached invisibly to the columns. The SOS notifier and intercom are also integrated into one of the columns.

lucas van der wee | cepezed

Functionality of the canopy  

A steel frame forms the canopy’s central load-bearing stability beam, and at the same time functions as a gutter. The drainage holes have also been used for securing the ETFE foil. The pavilion building contributes to the stability of the canopy.

Movement sensors have been incorporated into the steel edge of the canopy every 14 metres. These react to the presence of buses and passengers. In this way, there is always sufficient lighting, while energy consumption is minimal.

lucas van der wee | cepezed


  • client: gemeente tilburg
  • urban design: atelier quadrat
  • lighting design: atelier lek
  • stability: imd raadgevende ingenieurs
  • building services, building physics & sustainability: nelissen ingenieursbureau
  • main contractor: bam infra
  • contractor steel construction: buiting staalbouw
  • contractor building services: hoppenbouwers techniek
  • contractor ETFE roof: buitink technology

awards & nominations

  • roof of the year | 2019
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