ING office building

The Andrássy avenue apartment house dating from 1882 has been reconstructed for ING Bank and Nationale Nederlanden insurance company. The protected facade was restored in its original beauty but the interior was radically changed by placing a uniquely shaped conference room in the glass roof above the courtyard with simplified facades. The object visible even from a distance and was named ?glass whale? shortly after being born. This was the first international attraction of contemporary architecture after the change of regime. Later the office building was extended with a double layered glass facade towards Paulay Ede street also unique in Budapest at that time. The wall towards Paulay street is slightly tilted to reflect the facade in front of it towards the ongoers. This gesture evoked debates but at the same time created an exciting contrast in the traditional street view.

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