ING Direct, Café and Banking Offices, Wilmington, DE
ING Direct pioneered the philosophy that “saving money should be as simple as having a cup of coffee”, creating a number of banking cafes around the US in which people could sip a latte, surf the internet, learn more about ING and make a bank transaction.
At its headquarters in downtown Wilmington, a 21,000 square foot lobby was transformed into the premier version of an ING Café, acting as a social outlet for the city, and ING Direct employees. The project encompassed four public spaces:
- The LOBBY, made into a gracious and inviting entry into the building;
- The CAFÉ, adjacent to the Lobby, overlooks and existing sunken garden, and an architecturally notable 19th century church. Within the Café, limestone flooring and an undulating metal panel ceiling frame the curved coffee bar and the internet kiosks. Eighteen feet in diameter, the kiosks provide internet access on the exterior and semi-private banquette seating on the interior.
- The LIVING ROOM is a somewhat secluded gathering space opposite the café – here, comfortable sofa and overstuffed chairs allow groups to meet and converse.
- The BALLROOM allows for large public gatherings or company meetings, seating up to 240 people for presentations. This flexible space can be transformed into a venue for almost any event.
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