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Flawless Restoration of Historical Villa: Huize Vreeburg in The Netherlands

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Huize Vreeburg in Rosmalen (The Netherlands) is a building with a rich history and a true village icon. It has in the past served as a post office and in recent years was used as a home. Sonder Jansen, an international importer, exporter and producer of frozen fruit and vegetables, acquired the property because of its distinctive appearance and wanted to establish his headquarters here. Due to the restoration efforts of HILBERINKBOSCH architecten, the villa currently houses a conference room, executive offices and the canteen and on the first floor offers space for an apartment where foreign guests of this international trade office can stay.

A new staircase provides the necessary grandeur for the interior. The workplace where all the trading takes place, is located in a round pavilion which is situated in the middle of the park and garden. It consists of a floating slab on which a wooden structure with a large free span bears a tin roof. Because the pavilion is fully glazed, it offers a beautiful view of the villa and garden, while the large overhang provides enough shade on sunny days. This pavilion is the heart of the company. The brick archive corridor with its sharp edges connects the pavilion and the old villa, a dark space with exciting vistas. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by HILBERINKBOSCH architecten; Photography: Rene de Wit / Rene van der Hulst]

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