In days of old, well before large international corporations, you used to travel over the border, buy commercial goods for your business and when you returned home you’d have to stop at the Customs House at the border crossing and pay the import duty you owed to the tax-man.
“Belastingdienst/Douane” is the Tax / Customs” building, and of course, as trade has become more International, their offices have grown considerably in size.
A few posts ago I mentioned that Rotterdam has become renowned for some very enterprising and original ideas when it comes to its architecture after the Second World War.
This is one that I really like because they had the delightful idea of actually incorporating one of the old buildings into the new premises! Priceless!