Start of new building at TU Delft for innovative education

News - 03 October 2016

A new building is coming that will provide room for the growing student population, where modern, motivational teaching can be given. Its name is Pulse and it will be situated centrally on the campus between the faculties of 3mE and Industrial Design Engineering. On Monday, 3 October, at 12:30, Anka Mulder, vice-chair of TU Delft, will officially launch the start of construction of the new teaching building Pulse. It will take a year, starting with the installation of screw piles.


The design of the building is the result of a collaboration with students and lecturers. Anka Mulder: "The building will not only contribute to housing the rapidly growing student population, it will also support new methods of teaching which require more flexible spaces and other types of space. For example, interactive tutorials, a flipped classroom or video conferencing. The building will provide rooms of different sizes and layouts, for instance with walls you can write on that make it possible to visualise the teaching." The 1,020 teaching areas, catering and terrace will enable students to study late and relax in the breaks.


Pulse will form a connecting element on the TU Delft Campus, as it literally links two faculties together and connects to the Learning Lab (which supports lecturers with educational renewal), the Extension School (which supports online teaching), the Aula Building and the Library. Lecturers and students from different degree programmes can meet there, which should encourage collaboration between different disciplines.  


To provide more space for educational renewal and the growing number of students, TU Delft has invested in more workspaces for students at various locations over the past few years. Last summer, the audiovisual equipment in a large number of lecture halls was modernised and new lecture halls created in the faculties of Aerospace Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering, and in the Construction campus.


Pulse will be the first energy-neutral building on campus. To help realise this, Prof. Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability in the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, played an advisory role in the design of Pulse. Around 950 m2 solar PV panels will be installed in combination with underground geothermal storage. The building's façade will be fitted with triple glazing.  

Pulse details

• Surface area: 4,700 m2 
• 8 level halls for 60-100 people 
• 2 terrace rooms (ca. 120 people) and 3 specials (ca. 50 people) 
• 1,020 teaching areas
• 160 self-study workspaces
• 950 m2 solar panels
• 200 catering seats

More information

Click here for more information about Pulse. 

Illustration: Ector Hoogstad Architecten