A Bus Station Awning by Day, Solar Powered Lighting Element at Night

A newly opened bus station in Tilburg, the Netherlands designed by Cepezed architects integrates photovoltaic technology across the expanse of an awning structure to convert sunlight into a safe and illuminated haven for riders at night.

The new bus station is most prominently characterized by its enormous translucent awning, a minimalist roof structure supported by a series of columns, the expanse floating above bus platforms and offering travellers a comfortable refuge from sunlight and rain alike. The structure hides an additional feature, incorporating panels of a single layer of Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE) with an efficient, solar-powered lighting system positioned to shine through this membrane to provide a safely illuminated area for riders.

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