The Zuidas (literally South Axis in Dutch) is a large, rapidly developing business district in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The Zuidas is also known as the 'Financial Mile'. It lies between the rivers Amstel and Schinkel along the ringway A10. The greatest influences for the development of the Zuidas are La Défense in Paris and Canary Wharf in London. In size it can best be compared with the Noordruimte/Espace Nord in Brussels.
In the future the railway station, Amsterdam Zuid, in the centre of this area will become the second main station of Amsterdam. It is expected to be 5th busiest passenger station in the Netherlands, with connections to Schiphol Airport, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, and Paris by high speed rail, the Thalys. It will also connect to the German high speed network, the ICE, via Utrecht and Arnhem.
The journey from the Zuidas to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol takes approximately 8 minutes. Future development could include an underground line directly to the airport. Another high-speed link has been proposed by a consortium of companies between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam Zuid and the city of Almere.
The Zuidas already has good underground connections to other business areas with the Circle Line. After the completion of the North South line, the Zuidas will have an even better connection to the city centre. The city council is not only investigating expanding the underground network to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol but also upgrading the hybrid metro/light rail line that stops at Amsterdam Zuid.
Large multinationals such as ING Group, ABN-Amro, and Akzo Nobel already have their headquarters in this new area. The World Trade Center Amsterdam has recently been renovated and expanded.
A large infrastructural axis (the Ring-A10) might be tunnelled, transforming the entire area. This would add an estimated €2 billion to the cost of the plan.
The Zuidas district consist of post-modern architecture buildings
The ING House nicknamed The Shoe