ABN-AMRO Bank World Headquarters
Amsterdam, NL

The client wished to establish a powerful and clearly identifiable image of the Bank’s presence and to create a discreet “trademark” structure to be used for the client’s international publicity and would also contribute to the local urban logic by incorporating the historic Berlage axis along the Minervalaan District.

The building needed to be energy-efficient and environmentally sound, as well as address a responsible corporation’s requirement to provide a flexible and healthy work environment amenable to the wellbeing and productivity of its employees.

The design not only provides the client with a dynamic group of beautiful buildings, and the arresting image of the gently faceted sheer tower but also offers to the city a compelling blueprint for development in the Buitenveldert district that is as responsive to the important legacy of urban planning in Amsterdam-Zuid as it is sensitive to the needs of workers and residents.  The site plan is fundamental to the conception and evokes without nostalgia, the configuration of irrigation fields and the memory of rural experience. The medium of water and  its reflection of the Dutch light permeate the project- from the site to the shaping of the architectural forms, to the choice of materials.

This project, notwithstanding the fact that it is sheathed entirely in glass meets the objective of environmental sustainability by the integration of concepts, materials and technology and takes into consideration the process of manufacture of materials utilized, the process of construction and the operating life the building.

The building, in response to the legislative mandate regarding worker proximity to daylight and within height limitations, would produce a thin slab of such a length as to be impracticable.

Our solution, to turn this same length into a circle, cuts circulation distances in half, without additional skin.





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