Ostend railway station roof
After seven years of refurbishment and conversion work, the finishing touch was finally added to Oostende station: a roof. The project included the redevelopment of the tram station and parking areas, the restoration of the historic station building, the construction of a series of new platforms, and the replacement of the ageing railway platform canopies by a roof covering railway, tram and bus platforms as well as the underground bicycle storage facilities. The architects sought to recapture the original grandeur of the platform roofing by designing an 11m high translucent platform roof in colours reminiscent of the sea – blue, green, yellow and white. The interplay of light and colour filtering through this creates a warm and pleasant atmosphere. The columns of the steel structure consist of four tubes that flare out at the top. On top of the 3D-lasered tubular columns, double I-beams run in both directions.