ING Tech, the global software development hub of the ING group, is preparing its move to a new headquarters and announces the conclusion of negotiations with the Belgian developer Atenor for renting and customizing the Dacia One building, located in the Roman Square – Calea Victoriei area.
Estimating an increase in the number of employees to 800 IT experts by the end of next year, the technology hub is preparing to move to a new headquarters with the intention of building an office open to the IT community and tailoring the dynamics of the technology industry.
Meeting point for the IT community
Thinking of the intersection between work area, innovation studio and public space, ING Tech’s new office opens the boundaries of the classical office and aims to become a meeting point for technology enthusiasts – IT professionals, researchers or students in the field.
The 13,000 square meters will accommodate work areas for employees as well as public spaces that the IT community can access – a common workspace, an innovation studio, and an open amphitheater.
“Collaboration and flexibility are key issues in our work and the industry we operate in. We wanted the new office to reflect this philosophy of open borders, both in working and thinking,” said Marian Ion, CEO of ING Tech Romania.
An office for learning and human interaction
In defining the new office, ING Tech applies the principles of “Orange Workplace,” a workspace organizing model developed by ING in collaboration with Colliers International. The Orange Workplace Principles have been developed around Agile’s work, which implies the existence of flexible spaces and the freedom to choose the place occupied according to the work done.
For ING Tech, the model focuses on the experience of office learning and experimentation, human interaction and spaces that encourage a flexible and imaginative way of working.
A personalized building
In choosing the new headquarters, ING Tech opted for a built-to-suit scenario, an option where the building developer integrates customer requirements from the design stage.
This choice enabled ING, along with Unulaunu, the partner architecture studio to redefine the space experience inside the new headquarters and thus achieve a high degree of personalization of the building in accordance with ING Tech’s vision.
“Our vision is to build an office with a personal, human touch, a place to connect better with the industry we are part of, with our colleagues and with ourselves,” added Marian Ion.
The project is in the development phase and will be available by the end of 2020.
The transaction was brokered by CBRE Romania, which identified the real estate project, facilitated the commercial agreement and counseled ING at all stages of the process.