Thursday, June 21, 2007

ING and Oyak, be Happy

The ING group bought yesterday Turkish Oyak bank. A Turkish friend of mine challenged me by saying: ING is German. Holy Cow, the Orange lion is our national symbol. Some other people were saying that this is bad for the Turkish national interest. I don't think ING won't sell it back to Turkish investors if they get some good net profits. But are there any?

These pictures are of ING headquarters in Amsterdam. Yes, the Netherlands is well-known for its architects, only of course among other architects and project developers around the world...

We call this organic architecture. Lots of space for the employees, green, light and water.

This building replaced the old headquarters in 2002. There are 120.000 people working for ING worldwide.

The entrance already gives a good impression of the interior, it looks friendly.

An open garden 'inside' the building!

The Berlage meeting room, where they planned the 'coup' in Turkey..)) The interior, in contrast with the exterior, is 'antique'.