Former headquarters ING (formerly NMB)
|Architect||Alberts en Van Huut|
|More||Hans van Dijk, 'Pinkstervuur op een laag pitje',Archis 1988, nr. 1, p.36-44; J.T.H. Straatman, B. Terlaak, 'Voor energiebesparing naar de NMB-Postbank', Bouw, nr. 11, 1992, p.42-45.|
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Office building in Amsterdam Southeast
In 1987, a striking office building was realized on an elongated plot on Hoogoorddreef in Amsterdam Southeast. The complex consists of ten T-shaped towers which are interconnected to form an S-shaped serpentine. The elevations, which slope backwards, are executed in brick and are supported by heavy concrete structures.
On the first floor, the towers are connected by an interior street. Situated on this street are general facilities such as restaurants, a computer centre, a travel agency and a ‘public relations’ space. On the storeys above, the office spaces are clustered in work units for approximately forty people. The ‘organic’ appearance of this building is often connected with the anthroposophical ideas of the architects, but many of the interventions were dictated by technical considerations. For example, the division into five clusters and the backward sloping elevations were designed to limit noise nuisance from the neighbouring roads. In addition, many energy-saving elements were employed. On the roofs are solar collectors and the building is designed so that heat is retained for as long as possible. Special attention has also been given to the interior. The panelling and lamps were designed by Theo Crosby, the Stuttgart-based design office Billing Peters and Ruff were responsible for the colour scheme and the ceilings, and the sculptures are by John Wilkes and Peter Rawstone, among others. (ARCAM/IK)