Station Roermond

Innovative sustainability in heritage full of character

At the start of the project, the entrance to Roermond station was difficult to find. A narrow passageway between two kiosks led the traveler to the platforms. Due to the many misfit additions, outside and inside, the 160-year-old station looked expired. And that while it is one of the oldest station buildings in the Netherlands. Ruland Architecten has made a plan to redevelop the station and prepare it for future use.

More space has been created on the platform by removing the extensions and outbuildings from the station. Travelers can walk via a wide and clear connection from the station square and bus station to the train platforms. The various functions that were located in the outbuildings have been placed in the main building. New entrances make the building and the various spaces open and accessible to travellers.

In terms of spatial structure and architecture, the design brings the station building back to its essence and makes it visible again. For example, the station has a new main entrance that matches the architectural style of the building and restores balance to the facade. Frames and wooden parts are painted in the original colour, a dark earth tone that matches the color of the masonry and the sand colored bands. The station looks more harmonious and at the same time has more character.

A Stationshuiskamer is now located in the former 1st and 2nd class waiting area. The station building turned out to have many secrets in this room. Behind panels and system ceilings, the original ornamented doors and a beautifully detailed wooden roof construction emerged. These parts have been fully restored and parts have been reconstructed where necessary. The space has been given a new floor that is used as back office. Due to the high glass front, the ornamented roof construction can be experienced in its entirety.

The adjacent room, which originally served as a ladies’ salon, also concealed a treasure. Above the suspended ceiling was an ornamented stucco ceiling that had been badly damaged by previous installations and ceiling constructions. New reconstructions were made based on the ornaments that were still present, eventually restoring the entire ceiling.

The ceilings, doors, window frames and ornaments in both rooms have been painted in the original colours, making them pleasant and characteristic spaces to use.

Extra attention has been paid to energy management and installations in the station building. All exterior facades and floors are insulated, the old stained-glass windows have an extra insulating window at the rear and other windows have new insulating monument glazing. To make the ceiling stand out in the rooms, it was decided to conceal the new installation technology in the walls and paneling. The new floor has underfloor heating and a heat pump in the attic ensures sustainable energy generation. For this purpose, the roof has been fitted with ventilation grilles and a lifting hatch, and the necessary constructive measures have been taken to reduce noise and vibration. Due to the indoor arrangement, the appearance of the station building has been preserved.

The Roermond station building has been stripped of superfluous layers and has thus been given the space to show its character and architecture. It is a wonderful example of how modernizing a station with an eye for heritage contributes to the experience of travelers. The station is once again the figurehead of the public transport port of Roermond.

LocationRoermond, Nederland
Floor area1500 m2 bvo
Year2020 – 2022
ClientNS Stations, Utrecht
ArchitectRuland Architecten, Amsterdam
Interior StationshuiskamerCor & Partner B.V., Nieuwegein
Construction site managementNS Stations, Utrecht
BBC Bouwmanagement, Etten-Leur
ConstructorAdviesbureau Brekelmans, Maastricht
Installation AdviserSweegers en de Bruijn, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Building physics adviser Adviesbureau Peutz, Zoetermeer
ContractorHouta Bouwservice, Geldrop
Building installationsHomij, Vianen
TES installatietechniek, Tilburg
Color researchStichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg, Maastricht
ImagesRuland Architecten, Amsterdam
NS Stations, Utrecht
© Ruland Architecten 2021