ING Head office
Due to the separation of ING Group into ING Bank and ING Insurance, the head office of ING Bank and ING Group is located in the Amsterdamse Poort building as of September 2012. ING House is the head office of ING Insurance.
The Amsterdamse Poort office building is situated in the heart of the Amsterdamse Poort shopping centre in south-east Amsterdam. The building was designed by the Amsterdam-based architect firm Alberts and Van Huut. Nature, which is linked to organic architecture, was the source of inspiration for the work of architect Ton Alberts.
An important requirement of the final design was that the building had to ‘welcome’ employees and provide a pleasant working environment. Part of the commission included to design a building that is efficient in technical and organisational respects. The human dimension was therefore most important. Because of its unique design, the building does not give the impression of being massive, despite the large number of people in it.
The building consists of ten towers, in two blocks of five, which are connected by a 350-metre long walkway that extends through the entire ten towers. The towers vary in height from three to six floors. The sloping walls of the towers are a characteristic feature of the building. To achieve the sloping walls, 600,000 bricks in 54 special sizes were made, in addition to the 2 million ordinary bricks used. The bricks vary in colour.
Water, plants and natural materials play an important role in the building. Thanks to its length and plenty of natural light, the indoor walkway is a perfect showcase for the many paintings and statues from ING’s art collection, including integrated art, for example glass art.
There are three gardens, the English, Finnish and Japanese gardens, and they are part of the building’s integrated art.
ING House was designed by Amsterdam-based Meyer and Van Schooten Architects. It has a streamlined shape in anodized aluminium and glass and is constructed like a table on 16 steel legs. The legs stand freely on pins in large concrete blocks in the ground, a technique used in bridge building.
The building is 28 meters wide, 138 meters long and at the highest point of its 10 floors, 48 meters tall. The total site area is 5,600m2. ING House has a lobby, 250 seat auditorium, a foyer, restaurant, more than 800m2 of conference rooms and 160 parking spaces.
There are the six inner gardens in the building. These gardens were designed by landscape architect Michael van Gessel and each has its own theme. The gardens are integrated into the design of the building and considered visual highlights.
The ground-breaking ceremony took place on 16 November 1999 and ING House was officially opened on 16 September 2002 by Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.