The Hague
Van Blankenburgstraat

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The Architect's philosophy

Even a fleeting moment has a rich past

It happened that I am here and I look.
Above me a white butterfly flutters in the air
with wings that belong only to him
and his shadow flies over my hands,
no other, not just any, just his.


Vistula Szymborska


Standing before this beautiful architecture words whirled endlessly, but so tangibly close by. And slowly I remembered this beautiful poem by Wislawa Szymborska.
Standing there, this house asks you to stop and see it.

With its imposing front door, marble floor and graceful staircase, we know that a fleeting moment is an invitation to a longer stay.

What is our philosophy? Where is the limit to affect the history of this house, what is permissible.
Modesty adorns man and sometimes it is enforced.

We as Cattenburg are pleased that we can play a modest role in the history of this house, we will as always try to keep everything and renew as much as possible so that a new chapter can be started.

And while nothing big happens in the neighborhood,
the world is therefore not poorer in detail,
no less well-founded, no weaker definition
than when migrations gripped her.


The van Blankenburgstraat is located in the Duinoord district, which shows a very varied street view due to its varied street pattern and (public) spaces. The curvilinear street pattern is characteristic of the neighborhood and provides surprising sightlines.
The Groot Hertoginnelaan illustrates this most strongly. Striking over half of the avenue is the open building structure where the district borders Zorgvliet. The van Blankenburgstraat is on this border. Here the whole of buildings, street profile, park and water forms a beautiful and smooth transition to the residential area.
Stylistically, the buildings of Duinoord form a homogeneous image, determined by the late 19th century dominant neo-renaissance style.

Characteristic are high building layers and facades in clean masonry with numerous ornaments made of natural stone or plaster.
The use of wooden bay windows and varying façade endings contribute greatly to the picturesque effect of this architecture.
The variety in material use and ornamental ring and the successful city silhouettes give this district a particularly strong cohesion in structure and built-up image.

Finally, part of the Duinoord district has been designated a protected city view, including the van Blankenburgstraat.

Points of interest

  1. To see the statue of Eline Vere in the eponymous park from the rich history of The Hague
  2. Sunny Court, the enormous urban (playground) garden hidden between buildings
  3. Cafe Madeleine, a cozy ” French ” cafe for delicious breakfast and lunch
  4. The cozy Reinkenstraat with various shops, catering and specialty shops
  5. Restaurant Da Braccini, which has been voted the best Italian restaurant in the Netherlands!



Sweelinckplein 1
Meisjesschool in 1903

In 1891, The Hague banker Dr. D. P. Scheurleer submitted a plan to the municipality, which was adopted in modified form in 1892 by the ‘N.V. Haagse Bouwgrond Maatschappij Duinoord ”. This company had made major land purchases to the southwest of the Zeeheldenkwartier. 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, ir. I.A. Lindo, which has been changed in terms of traffic technology, among other things, resulting in better connection possibilities with existing (and new to be built) neighborhoods. The construction was completed between 1892 and around 1902. The southwestern boundary of the district was determined by the Drain Canal and the route of the steam tram to Scheveningen. This tramway ran on the Reinkenstraat – Carnegielaan route behind the houses of the Obrechtstraat.
The Company ” Duinoord ”, which wished to prevent speculation construction as in the Zeeheldenkwartier, in 1892 launched a competition for facade designs, to which architects and building contractors could submit. The result is various detailed facades.

Quirinus Gerbrandsz van Blankenburg (Gouda, 1654 – The Hague, 1739) was a Dutch music theorist, organist, carillonneur and composer.
Van Blankenburg was a sought-after music and harpsichord teacher of noble and high-ranking persons, including almost certainly Unico Wilhelm count van Wassenaer between 1700 and 1707.

Description & Features

This spacious mansion from 1895 has 4 spacious floors.
The house has a classic look, rich in authentic details.
In 1895, the then residents used the first floor as a kitchen with adjoining spacious garden, in the current state there is an
office and garden room and this floor is more or less disappearing.
Our philosophy welcomes the original function back during the renovation on the first floor, but this time in a sustainable
jacket with a good balance between modern chic and classic.
The ground floor will be equipped with underfloor heating and a new extension, where we have been inspired by the
English style, making optimal use of the natural daylight, which results in a pleasant living atmosphere.
On this floor there will be a kitchen, a multifunctional cooking and living room.
A versatile place in the house, where everything happens and there is a nice atmosphere.
The different spaces in the house are increasingly merging. We work where we live and we live where we cook. Everyone
uses the kitchen, so it can be seen more and more.
The combination of navy blue cabinets, marble top, brushed brass handles and oak parquet flooring give it a classic yet
trendy look.
All conceivable Siemens equipment is available in the kitchen and extra cupboard space has been taken into account.
Cooking on the island while the other family members can sit on the extension of the island.
Beyond the kitchen island, there is room in the extension for a seating area, from here you can access the lovely garden
through the French doors.
This will be re-tiled, a fountain will be placed in the middle and a raised piece of teak wooden decking at the rear to create
a cozy sitting area in this area, to enjoy the sun for the longest. can enjoy.
The whole house and the garden are provided with various mood lighting.
At the front a separate room which is separated from the kitchen diner by means of a glass wall and beautiful woodwork,
the room has the original marble fireplace and a custom made bookcase will be placed.
Via the majestic staircase we reach the first floor, where one large space has been realized.
The ideal place in the house to receive your guests.
The extremely high ceilings, which are still equipped with the original restored ornaments, the conservatory with the
enormous windows and the marble fireplace reflect the impressive authenticity and spaciousness of the house.
In the conservatory at the rear there will be a wooden bench which is also custom made for this house.
All frames of the house are renewed by wooden frames with Nowak insulating glass (HR ++).
The third floor has a master bedroom at the front, here decorative moldings are attached to the wall.
On this floor are also two good sized bedrooms at the rear, which have access to the terrace.
A luxurious bathroom is being realized in the middle, with a freestanding bath, walk-in rain shower
bathroom furniture and a floating toilet.
The fourth and last floor used to be a residence for the servants.
From our vision, this floor lends itself perfectly as a guest house in 2020 with two spacious bedrooms and a second
luxurious bathroom in the middle.
On this floor the authentic beam construction is still visible, by means of the three added dormer windows more light
and spaciousness have been created.
During this sustainable renovation, extra attention is paid to energy efficiency and quality.
For example, the house will be fully insulated, solar panels will be installed and we are currently looking at the options
for a heat pump.
Only long-term choices are made.
A unique project in the popular Duinoord!
– All walls and floors are fully insulated
the entire house is also equipped with double glazing
– Sunpanels on the roof
– The electricity is completely renewed
– All water and gas pipes are replaced
– New wooden floors
– New wooden frames
– New luxury kitchen with all desired built-in appliances from Siemens
– New bathrooms
– New economical combination boiler in combination with a completely new central heating system
– With a new system for energy efficiency , the heating pomp
• – Energy label A (+).
• – The house has been completely renovated
• – Insulated house
• – Solar panels
• – HR ++ glass
• – Video intercom with Night vision on every floor
• – Year of construction 1895
• – Living area + – 250 m²
• – Smoke detectors
• – Two new luxury bathrooms
• – Luxurious living kitchen with Siemens appliances
The house is delivered with the Cattenburg Standard
“A home that is ready for the future”

on request
Property type
Year of construction
+- 255 m²
Outdoor space
Two balcony's and a garden

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