VERTICAL communities

Vertical Living Research and Design

Amsterdam is for many people a metropolis with the size and feel of a village. But that reality is changing faster than we think. High rise living, with its small carbon footprint, low car ownership and stacked amenities, is increasingly seen as an attractive urban living model for the city. Can a clever use of higher densities relate to different demographics and create vertical communties that are smart and share more facilities? Can Amsterdam start thinking of new models for delivering clever vertical communities through intelligent densities? The vertical neighbourhood is an intelligent density concept that makes the city part of a sharing community, integrated in a ‘tiny big city. As the popularity of urban liv­ing grows, and the desire to be more connected to pub­lic transportation increas­es, stacking program as a community of vertical build­ings is now a matter of ne­cessity instead of a choice. New requirements for car­bon neutrality and green en­vironmental targets will have direct impact on where and how we live. Tall buildings that are thin, varied, intel­ligent, adaptive, affordable, low emission, with shared amenities and street rela­tionships are the future of vertical communties. Recent technologies and social innovations are allowing us to rethink the concept of the residential tower and provide more quality for less in more surprising building concepts.

Location: Amsterdam, NL
Design and research: 2016
Site: 1.8 ha
Program: 550.000 m2 high density high rise living
plus 22,000 m2 educational program
Client: City of Amsterdam