A multifunctional residential building in a fast-growing Amsterdam neighbourhood.
Living and working in one of Amsterdam’s rapidly developing districts, Amsterdam North: Pulse is not just an apartment complex, but an energy positive mixed use building, located in the heart and centre of this area. Here, homes, workspace, shops and galleries together create a lively and vibrant new urban hub. Located right next to the newly built station of the North/South metro line and the new bus station, both also projects realized by Benthem Crouwel Architects, Pulse offers its residents and users easy access to excellent public transport. The variety of functions ensures a sense of community and a safe, comfortable environment 24/7.
The two towers together house 219 residential rental units of various size and 4.000 m² of office space. They are connected by a public plinth with additional services such as retail, offices, restaurants and a new museum for contemporary art. Both towers offer beautiful views of the countryside north of Amsterdam, the city itself and the IJ waters. They are recognizable landmarks among the high rises in the area, but thanks to the way the structured volume folds itself around the bus station, Pulse also solidly answers to the more human scale of the pedestrian realm. The exterior of the lower tower has covered outdoor spaces, which also serve as a sound barrier, protruding from the façade.
The extra floor halfway up the highest tower separates two different types of apartments. This creates an extra, flexible space that offers great opportunities to add an additional layer of commercial functionality to this complex. Pulse is a beautiful example of transit oriented development and combines comfortable living with a diverse and exciting mixture of other functions, while additionally providing one of today’s most coveted draws: outstanding accessibility.