adaptive reuse of unique historical ensemble

This former orphanage is a unique collection of historic buildings in the centre of Gouda. The special listed monuments constitute a culturally and historically valuable location. The Orphanage ensemble is located in the oldest and most atmospheric part of the town, between greenery and other top monuments such as St. John’s Church. The rich history, and the stories of the people who were part of this, play an important role in the hotel concept. White House Development and Mei architects and planners dove in the history of the individual buildings and the history of Gouda. The proposed transformation of the orphanage into a luxurious hotel & restaurant and apartments for young people will make the colourful history visible and tangible again.

The future use will be connected with the cultural heritage in a natural way. The layout of the new plan follows naturally from the existing buildings of the orphanage. The history of the orphanage will be tangible through the entire building ensemble. For instance, each hotel room will be decorated with a historic painting. Stories and fragments of the history of the building will be subtly incorporated into the interior design of the building through the use of texts. Also, the employees will be encouraged to tell and share the stories of the building.

The hotel is organized around the monumental Weeshuishof (courtyard). The lobby and lounge areas of the hotel will be located on the ground floor. On the other side of the Patersteeg, and in the former gymnastics building there will be apartments for youth. The apartments will be compact, but with loft-like qualities because of the available height and possibility to create an entresol. The apartments will be grouped around an attractive and cozy joint courtyard.

Watch the video in which Robert Winkel gives an explanation on the proposed transformation of Weeshuis Gouda into a luxurious hotel & restaurant and apartments for young people.