Interiordesign for the new officebuilding of Ernst&Young designed by Foster Architects, located at the Zuidas in Amsterdam. The architecture of the 26.000 m2 and 22 storie high building is very clear and straightforward in reaction to which Merkx+Girod designed a ‘softer’ layer for the entire interior. Special attention was hereby given to the spatial relations and qualities of the different areas and the use of materials, colour, three dimensionality, graphics and decoration.
The groundfloor and firstfloor area contain the entrance and lobby, informal ‘living room’ with coffeebar and lounge, self service restaurant, bar, auditorium, general meeting rooms, library, newsroom and fitness facilities. Floors 3 till 20 contain the employees and partner offices as well as corridors, general areas, pantry’s and communal meeting spaces. The 21st floor houses staff meeting rooms, video conference rooms and the executive boardroom.
Architecture and interior have become one in which ‘business meets pleasure’, Ernst meets Young !