Vivaldi Tower interior by Merkx + Girod



Architects Merkx + Girod have sent us these images of the interior they designed for Foster + Partners' Vivaldi Tower near Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


The 24-storey building, for financial services company Ernst & Young, includes a restaurant and bar, auditorium, meeting rooms, library, newsroom and fitness facilities plus offices, video conference rooms and an executive boardroom.


See our previous story for more about Vivaldi Tower.

Photography: Roos Aldershoff

The following information is from Merkx + Girod:


Ernst & Young Amsterdam

Interior design for the new office building of Ernst&Young designed by Foster Architects, located at the Zuidas in Amsterdam.


The architecture of the 26.000 square metre, 22 storey-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, decoration and graphics.


The ground floor and first floor area contain the entrance and lobby, informal ‘living room’ with coffee bar and lounge, self service restaurant, bar, auditorium, general meeting rooms, library, newsroom and fitness facilities.


Floors 3-20 contain the employees and partner offices as well as corridors, general areas, pantries 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!


Project: Office design Ernst & Young Amsterdam
Client: Ernst & Young Amsterdam
Location: Zuidas Amsterdam
Realisation: April 2008
Area: 26.000 m2


Project team: Evelyne Merkx, Patrice Girod, Det van Oers, Jan Willem Wijker, Klaas Cammelbeeck, Raymond Leentvaar, Iris Derks, Victor Veerman, Ramon Wijsman, Josje Kuiper, Patrick Bento, Roy Grob, Marlies Hoevers

Architecture: Foster & Partners.

In collaboration with: Irma Boom, Rene Knip






Posted on Wednesday October 15th 2008 at 5:18 am by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Great balance…
    Sober, yet daring.

  • R

    It of course still has the feel of a corporate interior design, that is: never progressive and no rough edges. But keeping this in mind, the design is actually very nice especially compared to most other examples of this.

  • dk

    Don’t Foster and partnrs buildings just shout ‘fun’ ‘community’ ‘individuality’? I bet it killed him that the zany dutch wanted a colour other than grey. Still, its slightly less offensive than that supermarket-for-football they did at wembley. . . . its just so JOYLESS. Is that what architecture is for? Hopefully the financial crisis will put paid to turning all the worlds resources into grey Norman Foster buildings containing nothing but 5 whacky armchairs.

  • max hsbib

    It works for me.

  • mike

    any clues on the light mfr from the first pic, or are they custom? i feel i’ve seen these a lot lately…

  • Haig Thomasian

    I find the exterior bold; the interior looks transparent, light and elegant with generous architectural features.

  • m:D

    i like it more from the inside than i did from the outside.
    it’s corporate, it’s for a corporation, that’s kinda the definition
    but well done corporate
    too much gray carpeting, but really like the dark wood floor

  • Hey Mike…
    I think those lamps are made Ingo Maurer…

  • I forgot to add “by” before Ingo!

  • zuy

    lot of dutch furniture

  • joe

    Looks great, and for a change it’s ‘modern’ while still addressing utility need. So many places in a similar style seem to abandon the building purpose. I found this appears to be purposeful throughout. *golf claps*

  • What a great design !

  • They are very great design I like them

  • Looks great, and for a change it’s ‘modern’ while still addressing utility need. So many places in a similar style seem to abandon the building purpose.

  • Karin

    Does anyone know where are the pending lights on the first image from? any help, please :) thanks!!

  • Karin

    Found it! the lamps are by famous Ingo Maurer :)

  • Lights Arrangement is Mind Blowing