The glass roofing is part of the rebuild and renovation of the Central Station and its environment.
Light, solar heat and a contemporary design are important elements in the design by architect Jan Benthem. Scheuten supplied 30,000 m2 laminated glass in three different compositions. The glass has been manufactured in the float glass factory in Osterweddingen. At this plant Scheuten produces extra clear glass which improves transparency and light transmittance. Furthermore the glass at Rotterdam Central Station has a special coating that ensures the optimal use of solar heat. The silk screen printed glass gives the building a modern appearance.
Scheuten also provided in excess of 3,000 solar panels for the roof covering. The glass-glass solar panels will be fully integrated into the station’s glass roof spanning a surface area of over 9,000 m². Scheuten specializes in this sustainable energy technology, also called Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). In 2007 the original station was closed and the demolition work commenced. The revamped station will be complete at the start of 2013. The capacity of this solar power plant will then be at least half a MegaWatt (MW) of green energy.