There’s a completely solar powered bus station in Tilburg (and it looks super slick!)

Tilburg – the city that keeps on finding new ways to innovate in the Netherlands! From their repurposing of an old locomotive hall into the state-of-the-art Lochal, to the largest citizens’ initiative in the Netherlands with the Spoorpark, the sixth largest city in the country keeps giving us more reasons to love it. This time, there’s a bus station that is powered by solar panels that cover 250 m2!

This new marvel was built by the Dutch architecture firm Cepezed Architects. The bus station is raising the standard when it comes to innovative ways to be sustainable in the Netherlands, and everyone would agree that this is the need of the hour right now. And even better, this is all done while setting up a super slick busstation, just look at it:

Photo credits: Lucas van der Wee/cepezed

How was the bus station built?

The bus station itself has a minimalistic appeal, where it is triangular in shape, with open space in the middle. There are totally six boarding stations, and one for de-boarding. The station has an awning on the top so that you can enjoy the sun’s rays without getting burnt while you wait for the bus.

Photo credits: Lucas van der Wee/cepezed

The solar panels, which span 250 m2, are placed on top of this awning. The energy generated from them is enough to sufficiently run the station. This includes the lights when it’s dark, the digital signboards, the canteen for the staff, and the service desk.

Furthermore, there’s the material used for the awning, ETFE foil, which requires little maintenance. It’s practically self-cleaning itself.

Photo credits: Lucas van der Wee/cepezed

Photo credits: Lucas van der Wee/cepezed

The bus station is only one part of a large-scale project to bolster the city’s public transport. The same architecture firm will be undertaking other parts of the project by working on renovating a train station and a new parking place for bicycles. (you can never have too many bicycle parking spots in this country)

There are some awesome future plans for the bus station coming up, one of them is the placing of extra electrical equipment to deliver quick charging a fleet of electric-powered buses.

Photo credits: Lucas van der Wee/cepezed

Urban redevelopment redefined

And innovation and urban development in Tilburg doesn’t stop there, though! Tilburg has mastered the way forward for giving new life to old worn-down buildings.

Once upon a time DutchReviews Abuzer teamed up with Levi Hildebrand, to give you a small sneak peek into how Tilburg is showing everyone how it’s done!

Want more Tilburg?

We obviously love Tilburg here at DutchReview, and we are always beyond excited whenever there’s something new coming up in the city. There’s amazing nature in Tilburg to explore, great museums, and of course Doloris. Want to know more about Tilburg? Check out ticket to Tilburg!

If you need more visuals from the 6th largest city in the Netherlands, here are six things to know!

There are always events happening in the city, or nearby, so you always have a reason to go! Did we mention the largest FREE funfair happens at Tilburg? Will you go? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: Lucas van der Wee/Cepezed
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published July 17th 2019, but was fully updated for your reading pleasure in December 2019.Β 

Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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