Rotterdam Centraal is a pleasant, open and transparent public transport terminal. It is designed as an entity: the 250-metre-wide platform roof forms a whole with the main concourse and the train travellers’ tunnel. The station roof folds to create a welcoming and very spacious station concourse, which also provides direct access to the new metro station below.
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Steel ODS-Jansen systems for transparent curtain walls.
ODS BV provides total solutions in steel windows, doors and façades with Jansen sections. Our steel and stainless steel Jansen sections open unprecedented creative perspectives. Steel is extremely solid and dimensionally stable. This ensures that larger expanses of glass are possible with slim sections so that the architect can play with the incidence of light to the highest level. Especially for curtain walls, ODS recommends and supplies Jansen VISS systems.
The steel load-bearing structure consists of a view width of 50 or 60 mm and has a depth of up to 150 mm as standard. If larger spans demand more than what is supplied as standard, VISS Ixtra can be used. This is a customisation with which even larger spans can be achieved while retaining the light and transparent character.
An example of this system has been used within the Central Railway Station Rotterdam.
By: Benthem Crouwel
Rotterdam has a new Central Station. This public transport terminal is re-anchored in the city centre and integrated in the European network of transport hubs created by the arrival of the high speed rail system (HSL). A Grand Station of international standing is created. In the design, the city is drawn to the new station by compacting the small-scale urban fabric round about so that railway zone and city become a single entity. The finer texture with its new sight lines and the mix of living and working will greatly improve the social climate of this zone.
On entering the tall light-filled station concourse, travellers have an overall view and see at once where the trains are. The sunken and widened passage beneath the tracks is a natural continuation of the concourse. Platforms have a largely transparent roof some 250 metres long spanning the entire track zone. The entrance on Spoorsingel is a modest one in keeping with the low-key residential area there and the smaller passenger flow. In stark contrast, the tall glass and timber concourse on the city side is clearly the main gateway to the metropolitan city centre. The new building's shape expresses the internal logistics of this transport hub. Marking the onset of Rotterdam's 'cultural axis', the new Grand Central Station points the way to the city's heart.