ING Group Headquarters
Meyer & Van Schooten
This building is for the ING
(banking) Group and is used as their headquarters. As a headquarters
building, it is required to represent the ideals of the company, which are
fast moving, transparency, innovation, eco-friendliness, and openness.
Meyer & Van Schooten
Architecten were awarded the project after a competition that ING Group
organized. A number of young Dutch architects were invited by ING Group to
participate in the competition.
The main portion of the building
is elevated off the ground by stilts that range in height between 9 to
12.5 meters. Due to the proximity to the A10 ring road (the main highway
in Amsterdam), people traveling along it have a good view of the building.
Also with elevated height the offices' view will not be obstructed the
elevated A10 ring road.
The majority of the building has
glass as the façade to give the building a high level of transparency and
openness. In order to avoid heat loss or overheating as a result of the
amount of glass on the façade, a double skin system is incorporated. The
2 layers of glass sandwich a layer of still air to control the temperature
differences between the inside environment and the outside. This
configuration also helps to reduce the noise coming in from the A10 ring
The combination of the tilting
stilts on the bottom and the overall shape of the building, it makes it
look as if the building is in motion.
The shape of the building has
earned a few nicknames for it - "shoe", "space ship",
and it even has a resemblance to walking city in Archigram. No matter what
the nickname, the building has definitely become one of the landmarks for
Wilma Kwan 2003
How to visit
It is possible to bike from
Amsterdam Central to the building, which is located just in the Zuidas
area south west of Amsterdam. The bike ride is about 30-45 minutes.
Another way to get to the building is take the Metro and get off at
Amstelveenew. The building is about 5 minutes walk away from that station.
Unfortunately it is not open for
public to visit the interior due to business confidentiality concern.
While you are there, the Olympic
Stadium is also very close by. Amsterdam hosted the summer Olympic game in