Hengelo's Central Station, together with the adjacent bus
station, form the central public transport hub in the town. The
area is a link between the town centre on the northern side of the
railway and Hart van Zuid project on the former Stork grounds on
the southern side. The station area had been completely
Ignoring the urge for innovation, the station - designed just after World War II by railroad master-builder H.G.J. Schelling among a series of new station buildings - will remain intact as a monument to the post-war reconstruction of the Netherlands. Bierman Henket architecten once again incorporate the characteristic architecture of clean concrete, canopies and colonnades in the design for the bus station. Both stations form a well-organised entity with an urban ambience and maximum comfort for passengers.
The rhythmic flow of the station's canopy columns is continued in the bus station's concrete canopy. By rounding off the new roof and giving the concrete columns a different design, the contemporary bus station stands out from the listed train station.
Passenger information is grouped together where possible and sited perpendicular to the circulation routes. Roof lighting in the form of glass bricks are fitted at four points to create a subtle distinction in the space under the long roof. The bus shelters on and opposite the platform are designed in a loose rhythmicity of benches, railings and windbreaks. This distinguishes the various bus stops and the square retains its open character.
ABT, adviesbureau voor bouwtechniek bv
Karres en Brands Landschapsarchitecten