On Wednesday, 21 April 2011, Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan officially opened The Bank, a redeveloped building on the Rembrandtplein in downtown Amsterdam. At the beginning of the last century, the building served as the ABN Amro Bank headquarters and has now been redeveloped to serve primarily as office space once again.
Respect for roots
Other iconic office buildings such as the Empire State Building in New York and the Holland House in London inspired the restoration and redevelopment of the old building. Holland House in particular because it was designed by the same architect as The Bank (Berlage).
Mayor van der Laan was impressed by the redevelopment of this old building. The Bank offers 25,000 m2 of office space in the old centre of Amsterdam and is equipped with a parking garage offering valet parking. Numerous firms such as BNP Paribas and Guerilla Games currently rent space there.
The redeveloped office location on adds to the attractiveness of Amsterdam as a true cosmopolitan village. Against this liberal and inspiring backdrop, Amsterdam offers companies an excellent business environment in which they can thrive.
The most striking characteristic of Amsterdam is its ability to be cosmopolitan and dynamic without losing its air of friendliness. The city offers inhabitants an almost unrivalled quality of life combined with a relatively low cost of living. Amsterdam rated 13th best city for quality of life in the 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Report whereas London rated 39thin the same report.
Outstanding living conditions act as a magnet for international talent and Amsterdam has become one of the most international cities in Europe, a true melting pot where over 170 nationalities are represented.
One of the benefits of a multinational workforce is the diversity of languages spoken. Amsterdam ranks 2nd in terms of languages spoken in Europe and has the largest percentage of employees (44%) with a higher level of education.
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