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NMBS TRAIN STATION CANOPY

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Samyn et Associés sprl

Programe
The project for the covering of the railway station in
Leuven (Belgium) is part of a global project for the
renovation of the existing station and its surroundings.

The global project was developed within the guidelines of the Spatial Structure Plan of Flanders (Northern part of Belgium), a regional plan which defines the Leuven station as a first category station in the Flemish railway network.
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About
The canopy was designed with respect to the scale of
the neighbouring buildings. From the observation of the existing discontinuity between the surrounding
townparts, its design aims to link both physically and symbolically the inner city of Leuven with the
suburban town Kessel-Lo situated on the opposite side of the tracks, an intention also carried by the covered pedestrian bridge, and to bind together the new and existing parts of the global station project.

The composition seeks to offer maximum comfort for the travellers : sheltering from wind and rain, abundance of daylight, easy readability of the functions and of the numerous signs, acoustic absorption of the traffic noise, etc.

The recyclability, easy assembly and dismantlement of the components are carefully taken into account, alongwith their durability and easy maintenance.

In an ecological perspective, optimal use of the matter is sought in the structural principles in order to achieve load bearing with minimal dead weight.

The primary structure of the platform canopy rests on 25 tubular piles made of four inclined columns in the central part of the canopy, and three inclined columns on its perimeter where the loads are asymmetrical. The inclined columns meet at 7m13 above the level of the rails. The supports of the high voltage cables are attached to the piles at their junction.
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Typology
Transport
Status
Built
Year of conception
1999
Year of delivery
2008
Area
14.622


Leuven

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