Thursday, 06 Sep, 2012 Technology

Beatrixkwartier - New Tubular Light Rail Station


The Hague, the capital city of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands, can now boasts a new light rail station called Beatrixkwartier. The construction has a nice-looking design with a tubular space-frame.

Beatrixkwartier was erected above the Beatrixlaan, a highway running through the center of the city. The 400-meter-long construction works like a viaduct, delivering passengers to their destination. The structure is made from steel and concrete and its designer is Zwarts & Jansma Architects, a firm from Amsterdam.

It would be interesting to note that the tube through which the trains are passing, was prefabricated with a skeleton construction composed of rings made from mild-steel strips, each having a diameter of about 10 meters. The rinds were afterwards interconnected by set tubes installed diagonally.

The next step was connecting the tube to concrete rail platforms. The latter are held aloft by V-shaped columns.

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