Poort van Noord
Amsterdam (NL), 2001
The Poort van Noord [Northern Gate] is a study for highdensitymixed use development on an infrastructure node (bus,metro, motorway) in North Amsterdam. The locationis characterized by the surrounding urban network.The 24-hour programming of the plinth level of thenew development gives liveliness to the surroundings,enhances social safety and offers a pleasant (dry) publictransport interchange with facilities. The building iseasily accessible by cars and coaches and is situated onan interesting tourist route. There is generous space forcyclists and pedestrians.
The project is a crucial link between the existingneighborhoods and the areas under development. Theclustering and stacking of the programming has acquiredan iconic form, giving it a leverage effect. This makesthe surrounding area more attractive and accelerates theneighboring developments.
As well as being a town planning icon and landmark thenode is an exemplary project for the sustainability ofthe city. The Poort van Noord forms an important nodein different metropolitan traffic networks. The locationis only a few minutes removed from the city centre, theeconomic centre and the airport both by metro and car.Via the Central Station there are rapid connections with therest of the Netherlands. This makes the Poort van Noorda link between the urban network and the facilities of thesurrounding area, designed as an attractive interchangeand area to sojourn.