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Villa Willemspark

Den Haag

Completed:
2022

 

Total space:
220 m2

 

Category:
Spatial – interior design & realisation

This impressive monumental building in the Willemspark district, just outside the city center of The Hague, was originally not designed for human habitation. The shell-completed property was handed over at the carcass stage and Studio Wendy Mahieu was assigned to convert it into a luxurious, modern residence. The client gave us complete creative freedom to finalize it to our own specifications.

 

The interior is characterized by a distinctive architectural and sculptural approach. Threaded through the project is a design language that emphasizes layering and bespoke furniture pieces which serve as functional objects. The stairs, an architectural masterpiece, showcase this approach with its layering. This is reflected in the plinths and window sills, reinforcing the overall coherence of the design.

 

Another example is separation between the living room and dining room. This space was originally delivered as one large room of approximately 100m². To break this up, part of the space was raised, where we created the living room. In this elevation, you can recognize the design language of the staircase. The elevation serves another purpose: the building was originally not developed to be lived in, so the windows were placed quite high. Because of the elevation, the client now has a view of one of The Hague’s most beautiful streets from the comfort of her own couch.

 

The living and dining areas are also separated by beautiful glass doors, which were specially designed for the client by Studio Wendy Mahieu. Other doors in the interior, such as the oak wooden doors that are almost four meters high, were also custom-made for the project. They give the interior a modern yet stately feel.

 

The kitchen makes for a striking object that draws all the attention. The marble block connects the bar and the kitchen island. The combination of natural stone and tall wooden cabinets makes it look different from a traditional kitchen, while still retaining all the necessary facilities. These include a hidden coffee corner, a wine bar and a kitchen island. The pantry is accessed through the pivot door in the dark wooden cabinetry. This adds depth and contrast to the design, the unexpectedness of yet another large space that also incorporates a luxury toilet.


A design with a sculptural
and architectural approach

Photography: Patrick Meis