Only three years after the completion of the first Triodos Bank building, the time is right for a next step. Triodos I has become Triodos Holland and directly adjacent to it Triodos International has emerged, actively confronting the world.A very special site, situated along a stately avenue. For over a century, part of it was in use as a Roman Catholic cemetery, which in 1988 was designated a municipal monument. Through its curved form, Triodos National protected the cemetery against noise pollution from the busy road. Triodos’ idea of ‘sustainable banking’ proved to be very successful. By attracting funds to support socially and environmentally responsible projects, a novel opportunity arose: to use the available money for setting up new projects. Worldwide, initiating. More space and a different gesture were needed.The even more energy-efficient and carbon-neutral extension Triodos International borders two of the three remaining open sides of the cemetery. The latter is now enclosed – in part by underground structures: parking for cars and bicycles, and a connecting corridor with Triodos National – yet without losing its identity. Triodos International makes an outreaching gesture. In crystalline building volumes. Moving in various ways: supporting, flowing, standing, carrying, lifting. In different building materials: reused brick, certified wood, sustainable metal.Like an accumulation of the four elements – water, earth, sky and fire – the volumes of Triodos International come together. An open composition, which in one and teh same gesture energetically meets the world and gently embraces the past.Each building segment has its own three-dimensional position, and moves accordingly: one of them making a sweeping gesture and alive, a second lifting and presenting solidity. Irradiating openness, or reflecting a higher order suspended all over Each clad in its own material: wood, brick, glass and titanium. A composition consisting of four angular volumes, connected at one point. Generating a sense of direction, like a carpenter’s bevel. The entrance, with consultation rooms and a central hall doubling as an auditorium, is located at the pivot. Stairs lead up to the various offices and down to the (underground) parking garage for bicycles and 64 cars, and to an underground corridor to Triodos National. On top of the corridor, beneath the wood-clad volume, the bank’s clients can park their cars.The entrance hall, at the short end of the cemetery and opposite Triodos National, is the ‘lightest’ volume. Glass has made the transition between outside and inside, the meeting of client and bank, completely transparent – though the consultation rooms can be ‘frosted’ if privacy is needed. The heaviest volume opens on the other side of the entrance hall, a pedestal made out of reused brick, covering the back of the whole complex. Here the service functions are accommodated: engineering, kitchen, canteen.In a sweeping gesture the wood-clad volume ‘flows’ towards Triodos National, lifted on slender columns, like a pier over water, sheltering the visitor’s car park underneath. A comfortable workspace for 90 people, and a spatial frame for the cemetery. Here on the first floor the volumes meet: parallel to the supporting ‘stone’, floats ‘titanium’, above ‘glass’, lifted by ‘wood’. Here the light and gleaming metal reflects the sky. This is where the management reside, as it were supported by the employees – and right above the communication area where the bank meets the outside world. All this movement creates a great deal of air and space, bringing about a wide variety of views and perspectives.