7 September 2013

Luxury hotel suite at Westergasfabriek! This long-cherished wish has at last come true. Designer Piet Hein Eek transformed the Leidinghuis into a rugged and distinctive apartment with every comfort.

The Leidinghuis consists of two semi-circular extensions to the Gashouder. It is the only location on the Westergasfabriek where you can see the traces of machinery from the factory time. Piet Hein Eek designed the interior of the Leidinghuis, with its bright orange dining table and matching chandeleer downstairs, a bathroom in the vaulted arch, and a bedroom beneath the timber roof rafters. The kitchenette and library are at mezzanine level.

The Leidinghuis can be booked in combination with the Gashouder for use as a VIP room or private area for the keynote speaker or performers. It can also be hired separately, whether for a wedding night, a meeting or a small dinner party. The Leidinghuis can accomodate two overnight guests, or can hold up to 40 people for informal discussions or drinks.

It was built in 1902 to house the valves controlling the gas inlet and outlet. The valves are still there to this day. The antique tiling, timber rafters and vaulted arches give this small building great character. The Leidinghuis stood unused for many years. It was recently fully restored, preserving all the original features, to give the building the attention it deserves.