Villa Jongerius, Utrecht, Netherlands
Rescue and Restoration Villa Jongerius Utrecht
In 2004, the search for a new office space for FBW results in the discovery of a Sleeping Beauty Palace in the middle of Utrecht. The exotic but rundown and overgrown villa has an immediate appeal, also because of the roof overhang, which has a tropical touch. The warmth of Africa found in Utrecht.
Research brings to light that only the villa is a listed monument, the adjacent office and the garden linking them are threatened to be demolished. The triad of villa – office – garden is in danger.
Fascination for the villa leads to contact with the family and together the Foundation for the preservation of the Jongerius property in 2006 was started. The Foundation is successful. Already in 2007 the office building is designated as a Municipal Monument and eventually the whole property is labelled as a National Monument.
FBW plays an important part in bringing in various subsidies. The restoration of the villa is realised with subsidies by the City Council of Utrecht as Investment Urban Renovation, the Province of Utrecht (Parelfonds) and the European Union (EFRO Opportunities for West)
FBW was not only responsible for the three-year restoration and for giving the villa a new purpose as a meeting centre, but also for its actual rescue. Together with the enthusiastic and persevering dedication of several of Jan Jongerius’ grandchildren, the villa has regained its former glory.
|Date of Design||2006-2013|
|Client||Stichting Vrienden van het Jongeriuscomplex|