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Pupated / Photovoltaic

In nature some insects pupate .... and during construction most buildings do too. After a building has reached its maximum height, the construction is often covered in safety netting and during the closing stages of the building process this netting is removed in stages.

In contrast to the previous post, there’s no netting hanging from the new glass roof of the train shed of the new Rotterdam Central Station any more. The pupating process is completed.

Apart from the two metal support beams of the roof on display, the main element of this capture is formed by the array of photovoltaic elements and their shadows.

These photovoltaic elements cover 10.000 square metre of the glass roof (a third of the surface of it) and will generate 350 MWh on a yearly basis, which will be used for the elevators, escalators and the lighting of the station, making it partly self sufficient. It forms another step towards the creation of zero-energy buildings. A road which will eventually need a full pupating of the building industry.

Information about the new station is here.

This is last post of the pupating triptych. Next triptych: Lesvos, Greece.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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