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Amsterdam

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Roof of Amsterdam Central Station

Construction of the Central Station began in 1882. Until then, it was customary for stations to be constructed by engineers from the Public Works department.

Because of the sensitive urban development context and the national importance of this project, the Amsterdam Central Station, an architect was involved for the first time ever. However, there was a strict division of tasks: while architect Cuypers worked on the station building and the decorations, key construction elements such as the foundations and the roof were the responsibility of the principal engineer of the State Railway Company, J. Leijds.

The fully curved steel arched trusses that reach to the ground made it possible to create what was at the time an enormous forty-five metre span. Incorporating this innovation in construction technology, this roof was one of the largest in Europe.

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