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Weeshuis Gouda

Adaptive reuse of unique historical ensemble into boutique hotel and apartments

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.

Project info


White House Development BV

Boutique hotel (20 rooms) with luxury restaurant, apartments for young people, space for events and meetings, garden

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Connecting cultural heritage

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.

Boutique hotel WSHS

The hotel will have 20 rooms and is organized around the monumental Weeshuishof. The lobby and a luxury restaurant will be located on the first floor. All catering will be operated by the entrepreneurial couple from Gouda, Lennart and Sharon van Gastel, known from De Lichtfabriek in Gouda, among others.

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On the other side of the Patersteeg, and in the former gymnasium, there will be apartments for young people. The apartments are compact but, due to the free height and the possibility of making a mezzanine, they have loft quality. The apartments are grouped around a cozy communal garden.

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Robert Winkel explains the opportunities and possibilities in the transformation of the Orphanage into a luxury hotel-restaurant and apartments.


June 15, 2021

February 23, 2019

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