ARCHITECT VAN MANEN RENOVATES
CHARACTERISTIC DUNE VILLA IN NOORDWIJK
The Dutch coast at Noordwijk aan Zee is characterized by a wide area with dunes,
the so called Coepelduynen, which reaches to the Northern part of Katwijk.
Here, you can still see the architectural legacies of World War II in the shape of the Atlantic Wall
and numerous bomb shelters. The residents of Noordwijk call this special area ‘the south dunes’
and only a handful ‘lucky fews’ managed to get a hold of one of the characteristic thatched dune villas.
Like Marielle Vis and her family. They bought this 1928 villa and decided to renovate it.
In the first place, Marielle asked four different architects to make a plan for the renovation. And it was Robert Dessing, architect at Van Manen, who got the assignment. “I grew up in this area and as a child, I always dreamt of living in the south dunes. So I was really motivated to give this dune villa the ‘wow-feeling’. This renovation required a seamless blend in past and future and as an architect, there is no bigger desire to realize that.”
Robert decided that the expansion of the original dune villa had to take place on the backside of the building. It allowed him to keep the original frontal appearance and realize two new levels at the same time. The difficulty was the connection between the old and the new part. Such complex projects demand a high quality constructor, like Van der Niet Bouw. They are specialized in complicated renovations and worked with Robert Dessing before.
A great job
That particular connection between old and new, eventually revealed itself by the eye-catching stairway which became the heart of the dune villa.
Via the stairway you enter the new area with a master suite, a master bathroom and a modest fitness area, all covered by a thatched mansard. A great job for a thatcher; the many details like undulations and ventilations ask for high-quality craftsmanship.
To take care of the interior part of this dune villa, Marielle created some moodboards and got herself inspired by visiting fairs, stores and showrooms. “Although I had some ideas regarding style, I should have prepared myself better in the preliminary phase. Nevertheless, I am quite happy with the result and actually receive a lot of compliments. Even of the professionals!”
“I am also very happy with the lighting plan and the lamps of Moooi and Maretti. One of the most important elements of interior design. With only a small investment we achieved the maximum of pleasure. Highly recommended!
Next to that, we created some kind of unity by giving doors and windows both inside and outside the same colour and style. And when it came to furniture, we combined old and new and mostly Italian furniture.
The cast floor was discouraged by the constructor in the first place. Of course it is a very sensitive product and we did consider some alternatives. But eventually aesthetics in combination with ease of use won the battle and it was applied beautifully.”
Well, the whole project turned out beautifully, I would say. Aesthetics, functionality and origin came together in just a perfect way!