Public Transport Terminal, Offices, Apartments, Retail
Usable floor area
Offices: 18.196 m²
Clay blocks, facing bricks, paving bricks
Public transport terminals often create a dividing line between two parts of a city. In order to avoid replicating this kind of separation in Breda, the architect created a single brick building that functions as both train and bus station, and which also includes 147 apartments in addition to offices, shops, and car and bicycle parking. The whole complex is constructed from bricks of different colours and shades, thereby creating a nuanced façade inspired by Italian cities, where brickwork façades express the changes over time. The bricks were manufactured locally in a sustainable process, with solar energy used in production. The public transport terminal creates a lively and much-visited place that not only fits its surroundings, but also enriches the cityscape of Breda. The building is economically and socially sustainable and energy efficient, and connects the two previously separated parts of the city optically as well as physically.