ING moves their international office to the Bijlmerdreef in the southeast of Amsterdam (a residential and commercial area) by the end of 2019. Several ING offices are already located here. The move is part of ING’s ‘Think Forward’ strategy, which was implemented in 2014 and emphasizes innovation, flexibility and being part of the community. The new office is part of a lively environment, where the space between the various offices, a multitude of connecting routes and the quality of the outdoor space, will be almost as important as the buildings themselves.
Benthem Crouwel Architects designed the new office and collaborated with landscape architects karres + brands in developing the plan for the plot. By moving the building back from the edge of the plot, and by making a subterranean parking garage, lots of space is created for pedestrians and bikers – quite unique for this area which was originally mostly designed for motorized traffic.
Friendly, transparent and sustainable
The new office stands as a modest and approachable volume in the midst of this green area. The activity, light and spaciousness that characterize the outside area continues in the building: the ground floor houses an open restaurant and informal meeting places. The completely transparent facades offer generous views of the greenery and the trees, and highlight the openness and accessibility ING wants to express. Interior and exterior are a unity. “They reinforce each other”, says Pascal Cornips, partner at Benthem Crouwel Architects.
Thanks to the canopies that are attached to the facades (extra deep on the sides that are most exposed to sunlight, more narrow on the sides that get more natural shadow), this is also a very sustainable building, which combines an excellent and comfortable internal climate with minimal energy consumption. The new ING office is awarded with the BREEAM score Outstanding, the highest possible certificate. A variety of sustainable solutions makes this building energy neutral.
A new impulse for Amsterdam Zuidoost
Together with the park, the new office vitalizes the liveliness of Amsterdam Zuidoost, and makes the whole area more attractive for both residents, people who work there and future investors: a sustainable, inspiring building in a green and welcoming setting.
The new ING office will be developed by a consortium of OVG Real Estate and G&S Vastgoed. Benthem Crouwel Architects collaborated with HofmanDujardin, responsible for the interior design of the building. The opening of the ING office building is expected by the end of this year.
Photos by Jannes Linders