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Solar-powered bus station is a public transit dream

A new bus station in the Netherlands shows how to modernize public transportation

Bus station with curved awning Photo: Lucas van der Wee

As vehicles and public transportation continue to get greener, it only makes sense that the infrastructure around them should, too. A new bus station in Tilburg, the Netherlands, shows how it’s possible with a design that produces as much energy as it uses.

Dutch studio Cepezed Architects designed the station as part of the city’s revamped public transportation hubs. The bus station, which sits adjacent to the city’s train station, has a curved awning made from EFTE that’s propped up by slim columns. According to Designboom, the roof has 2,690 square feet of solar panels that produce enough energy to power the lighting, digital signage, and kitchen for the staff.

People milling around bus station Photo: Lucas van der Wee
Bus station with curved awning Photo: Lucas van der Wee

At the center of the open-air station, planters filled with greenery provide seating for waiting riders. Lighting is integrated into the translucent EFTE, giving the whole station a diffused, glowing light at night.

People sitting under bus station awning Photo: Lucas van der Wee