Multifunctional residential building in a fast-growing Amsterdam neighbourhood
A remarkable residential building at an exceptional location: Pulse is not just an apartment complex. Located in the so-called CAN-area, Pulse will stand in the heart and centre of the urban development in Amsterdam North. With its additional services like retail, offices, restaurants and a new museum for contemporary art, this building is a landmark for residents, visitors and users. Three different types of apartments are divided amongst two towers of different height. The building creates a dialogue both with the metropolitan context among the high-rises in the area, and the more human scale that connects the metro and bus station with the slow traffic route on ground level on front of the building. The volume folds around the bus station, carefully separating the dynamic traffic plaza from the pedestrian realm.
The lower tower, close to the metro station, consists of ten storeys and is perceived as a solitary, straightforward volume. The exterior of this tower has covered outdoor spaces (which also serve as a sound barrier) protruding from the façade. The higher tower, 19 storeys high, rests on a transparent plinth that houses the public functions and provides entrance to the workspaces. Close to the newly built station of the North/South metro and the new bus station, both also projects realized by Benthem Crouwel Architects, Pulse is a vibrant, lively and multifunctional building in a city district that will only grow in importance in the near future.
Benthem Crouwel Architects
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