Station Delft Campus

Thanks to an innovative canopy, station Delft Campus is the first completely energy neutral train station in the Netherlands.

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A batlike structure

Benthem Crouwel Architects designed the station, which was made possible by the high ambitions of ProRail and the municipality of Delft, in a collaboration with Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos. Its batlike structure takes inspiration from the high-tech world of stealth technology and from biomimicry, where manmade constructions imitate nature.

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An innovative roof design

All of the Delft Campus station facilities like elevators, announcement system, ticket machines and lighting run on the energy provided by the canopy. That a relatively small roof is able to generate that much power (equivalent to the yearly consumption of 70 households) is made possible by the unique design: instead of the usual roof with solar panels on top, Benthem Crouwel Architects created a canopy that is made entirely out of these panels.

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Two large awnings span the tracks, fanning out on both sides of the platforms like giant, protective wings. The awnings consist of a steel structure with solar panels attached to the beams. The panels are placed in east-west direction with a 10-15 degree angle, creating a zigzag surface that is most optimal for catching the sunlight. Between the panels, narrow gutters take care of the rainwater drainage. Near the elevators a glass shutter gives access to the roof, making it easy to clean and maintain the canopy.

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Benthem Crouwel Architects
ProRail - Spoorzone Delft
Delft, The Netherlands
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