In 2015 De Waag, a new café and restaurant, opened in a prominent monument in Leiden. De Waag, a weighing house, was built in 1657. In 2014, its purpose sadly reduced to the merely ornamental. Hotel and catering entrepreneur Debuut proposed an ambitious conversion of the building into ‘the new living-room for Leiden’.
This was not a simple refurbishment of course, but a building process fraught with problems stemming from the clash between the demand for modern comfort and the strictest regulations for a 17th century grade 1-listed monument. We became involved in the final stages of the interior design when we were commissioned to produce a customized Flare Stack candelabrum.
Due to the strict fire regulations, the bio-ethanol fluid that was used in earlier models of the Flare Stack was replaced by an evaporator that emits harmless water vapour, as well as yellow and orange lights to simulate flames.
Classic arches and heigh ceilings
The custom Flarestack became the visual centrepiece of the restaurant. The Flare Stack is carried by a huge hexagonal pedestal. This pedestal doe not only carry the object, but also serves as a service desk for the staff. A lot of practical necessities are built in to the pedestal to stimulate a good workflow in the restaurant during opening hours.
Due to the strict fire regulations, the bioethanol burners from previous models replaced by evaporators that emit harmless water vapor and special lighting around the simulate flames.
De Waag, a weighing house in Leiden, built in 1657.
The ornaments over the entrance of the old weighing house