The Hague
Nicolaistraat 36

Price: € 1.695.000,- k.k.

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The Architect's philosophy

“Nature knows no closed doors”

Standing in the vestibule, first a human being to enter with quick steps, longing for the security of a house.
But I stood still. And shine only seconds later which held me back.
The click of the door. Shutting down and shutting off my world from the rest.
Wasn’t that the basis of human civilization that makes us so proud, cultivating our species, nesting and settling.
Establishment and port ?

Wasn’t public the inseparable and distinctive part of cultivating in the beginning? ‘‘Open and together.. Open.. Yes! †
We want an open house, open where light dances playfully in from all sides, where boundaries are set to seek each other out and not turn away.
Where each room has its own outside, where the trees and plants bend to the southern sun and a roof where the sky falls.
“We will build, build to a foundation of open, sustainable, warm and a future. †
“The Emir’s house had no door, all were welcome.
Nobody got the chance standing in front of it to change their mind because they still had to knock,
You are welcome and enter …”

Architecture

 

Most houses in Oud-Duinoord were built at the end of the 19th century. At that time, Neo-Renaissance architecture was very much in vogue, sometimes mixed with Romanesque and Gothic elements. Characteristic are the rich decorations, turrets and bay windows, and the use of natural stone. Faces are often carved into ceilings and consoles, including animal heads. Most elements have been brought up from the Renaissance period. Examples abound on Sweelinckplein.

After the turn of the century, the Neo-Renaissance gradually became
supplanted by an entirely new style, which originally came from Austria and Belgium: the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil, here also derisively referred to as the curly or vermicelli style. Tradition was broken and they no longer wanted to use elements from early architectural styles.

In The Hague, the only Dutch city where Art Nouveau has been applied on a large scale, this transition was very timid; only Art Nouveau is therefore hardly to be found in Duinoord.
Many buildings show a mixture of this style with some Neo-Renaissance elements. The Jugendstil is characterized by curved and broken lines, empty balustrades, steel constructions and colored brick. Natural stone is rarely used. Particular attention should be paid to window layout, wrought iron balcon balustrades, and stained glass.
In Oud-Duinoord you will find Art-Nouveau in the last part of 2e Schuytstraat and Obrechtstraat, while Nieuw-Duinoord, which was demolished for more than half during the war, was almost entirely built in Art-Nouveau.
A large part of the Duinoord district has been appointed
to a nationally protected cityscape, including the Nicolaïstraat.

Points of interest

1. From the rich history of The Hague to see the statue of Eline Vere in the eponymous park
2. Sunny Court, the huge city (play) garden hidden between buildings
3. Cafe Madeleine, a cozy ”French” cafe for a delicious breakfast and lunch
4. The cozy Reinkenstraat with various shops, catering and specialty stores
5. Restaurant Da Braccini, which is the best Italian restaurant in the Netherlands!

History

In 1891 the Hague banker Dr. D. P. Scheurleer submitted a plan to the municipality, which was adopted in 1892 in an amended form by the ”N.V. The Hague Building Land Company Duinoord”.

 

This company had made large land purchases southwest of the Zeeheldenkwartier for this purpose. The residential area to be built on these sandy soils was mainly intended for the wealthy.
The original plan was drawn up by the director of the Public Works Department, I.A. Lindo, including changes in traffic technology, so that better connection options with existing (and new to be built) districts were realized.
The construction was completed between 1892 and about 1902. The southwestern boundary of the district was determined by the Afvoerkanaal and the route of the steam tram to Scheveningen.
This tram track ran on the Reinkenstraat – Carnegielaan route behind the houses of the Obrechtstraat.
The Society “Duinoord”, wishing to prevent speculative construction such as in the Zeeheldenkwartier, organized a competition in 1892 for facade designs, to which architects and builders could submit.
The result is various detailed facades.

The Nicolaistraat, named after the composer Willem Frederik Gerard Nicolai, runs from the first Sweelinckstraat to the Stadhouderslaan and was built in 1901.

Willem Nicolai was born in 1829. He studied at the Leipzig Conservatory and was also a good organist.
In 1865 he became director of the then “Royal Music School” and remained so until his death in 1896.
Willem Nicolai was editor of the music magazine “Caecilia”; he composed operas, choral works, songs and an oratorio (Bonifacius) Nicolai was an enthusiastic music school director. He loved the music of contemporaries Wagner and Liszt. He wrote easily digestible music, which can be compared to the compositions of Mendelssohn and Schumann.

Description & Features

IN SUSTAINABLE RENOVATION, NICOLAISTRAAT 36

Behind this beautiful facade from ca. 1904, lies a deep history intertwined with the standard of 2022, the standard of Cattenburg real estate.
The entire shell is so well insulated, equipped with HR ++ glass and made energy-efficient by installing solar panels and a heat pump, which also means some recovery.
All this together results in an energy label A (+).
A lovely family home in the popular Duinoord district.

The house is the end house of the street, so there is a lot of light at both the front and rear.
Upon entering the house, the original granite floor is given a new lease of life through the dark green entrance, the door with windows with Jugendstil details, which separates the vestibule from the hallway, is painted in green/blue.
The entire house, the staircase, ornaments and facade have accents from Jugendstil/Art Nouveau architecture.
Whereby we reinforce the presence of this with new use of color.
The ground floor has a wooden Tapis floor laid in a Hungarian point.
Due to the breakthrough and thus the direct connection from the hall to the living room, a pleasant spaciousness is created.

At the front near the fireplace a nice place for a sitting area, at the rear a spacious dining room which flows into the open kitchen.
A large island with a matt black color on the drawer side and a continuous composite on the side and bottom at the height of the breakfast bar.
The high wall units fit in perfectly with the robust composite and the brass Quooker, this kitchen gives a rural yet city feeling, as does the house which, with the lovely sunny garden on the southeast, gives a rural feeling in the middle of the city!
On the ground floor there is also a toilet with fountain and access to the (stock/wine) cellar.
On the first floor the master bedroom which has a spacious terrace at the rear, an adjacent walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with bath, two built-in showers and a vanity unit with mirror. This bedroom has a green color with moldings and a wooden parquet floor.
Adjacent to the study/office room with a small library, lots of light from the bay window where a seat is created in a green/blue color, the same as the stairs, vestibule and seperation has been painted.
Also on this floor a separate toilet.
The second floor has a spacious bedroom at the front with balcony, an adjacent laundry room and the installation site for the new HR boiler (Remeha CW6 2021) in combination with the  heat pump.
At the rear the second spacious bedroom of this floor, with terrace.
In between the second bathroom which is equipped with electric underfloor heating, a walk-in shower, a vanity unit with mirror and toilet.
Finally, a new third floor is being built on the house, which offers space for two extra bedrooms and a third bathroom, which serves excellently as a guest house, an entire floor for the children or an office from here with a beautiful high view.

“A home which is ready for the future”

-Energy label A(++) in accordance with energy customization report
-Complete renovation under the supervision of a structural engineer
-Layout and furnishing in accordance with interior design
-Comprehensive renewal of all technical installations
-All floors equipped with sound-insulating measures
-New windows and wooden floors of Dutch manufacture
-All facades impregnated, new slate roof
-Original elements ; ornaments, frames, frames restored
– Three new luxury bathrooms and 6 bedrooms
– Luxurious kitchen with AEG / Siemens appliances
-Warranty period of 12 months of total renovation

Price
€ 1.695.000,- k.k.
Status
For sale
Property type
Town house
Year of construction
1904
Surface
approx. 255 m²
Rooms
7/8
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
3
Location
Duinoord
Outdoor space
Garden, two terraces and a balcony

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