Before HEX, the front part of the Arminiushuis was home to a typical Dutch bistro. Studio Piet Boon was tasked with putting Oudewater back on the culinary map and transforming the interior into a modern, high-end but also welcoming restaurant, where local business people, local residents and spontaneous visitors would feel at home. We looked at how we could establish a link between the present and the past, resulting in some interesting contrasts. The historic architecture and character of this grand building were left intact, allowing the original beauty to be restored and given a contemporary character.
For the interior design, we took inspiration from historic Oudewater along with the stylistic characteristics of the seventeenth century. So the interior includes some special details. The natural onyx stone table tops are a nod to the ash trays of the old interior. At the front, the hexagonal tables refer to Oudewater’s famous witches’ weigh house and the name of the restaurant.
We decided to include the old courtyard and the back part of the house in the new restaurant too. The courtyard was given a glass roof as well as a green wall with planting and now functions as a connecting element between the front and back parts of the house. The studio was therefore able to increase the capacity of the restaurant from 35 to 70 covers and to retain the feeling of a garden.
The use of colour in the interior is an interpretation of the yellow-gold tone that has its origins in seventeenth-century paintings and the local rope industry. By painting the walls in a subtle shade, the studio has succeeded in creating an intimate atmosphere. The robust natural stone bar, subtle black lines of the frames and the lighting, designed by PSLab, add a modern touch to the overall look.