Architecture & Art
The main building, 'de Havezate', was opened on 22 June 2007. Cor Kalfsbeek's
design and the furnishings by interior designer Piet Boon
provide guests at the Havezate with the ultimate in luxury and quality. The beautiful gardens surrounding the main building have been specially designed by Piet Oudolf
. Discover many facilities here, such as the indoor swimming pool, restaurants, Spa & Wellness and the Business Centre. There is something for everyone. If you fancy something different, you can enjoy our Zeidler and Armando
Interior designer Piet Boon
Piet Boon designed the entire Havezate. His interior designs are characterised by their timeless and functional elegance. "Despite the sheer scope of Hof van Saksen the implementation is finely detailed. You can see it, feel it and taste it. From the Grand Café to the fantastic indoor swimming pool, the entire building exudes style, without being remote." He prefers to use materials that are pure, honest and natural, and always uses robust colours. It is easy to see why his uncompromising design style has been recognised far outside of the Netherlands. Piet Boon's website
Architect Cor Kalfsbeek
Cor Kalfsbeek is the Hof van Saksen architect. He designed both the Saxon farmhouses and the main building - the Havezate. Architecture with a light-hearted reference to the past, is how Kalfsbeek describes his creation. Seen from a distance, Hof van Saksen resembles a sea of thatched farmhouses. Once you are stood amongst them you see something quite different. The thatched roofs are styled with curved lines. There are Velux windows in neat recesses, where the thatch appears to be close-shaven. This design is also a compelling design feature, according to Kalfsbeek. A Saxon village consists of alternating large and small farmhouse buildings. The farmhouses are close together and then, all of a sudden large, open, green spaces are revealed. Strong elements of privacy and openness in one location.
The Havezate, originally a prosperous country house, has been given a contemporary design. Here too, Kalfsbeek makes a light-hearted reference to the past. The plinth that characterises the outside of the Havezate continues as a dark brick edge around the entire building. Diagonally opposite the building is a 'barn'.
The dark-painted wood and the three parallel tiled roofs seem almost medieval. However, the modern design is evident in the details when you get closer. Cor Kalfsbeek's website
Landscape architect Piet Oudolf
Landscape architect Piet Oudolf, renowned for Ground Zero in New York amongst other things, designed the gardens of the Havezate. Four-meter high pergolas, a 36 meter tree-lined walk. Anyone walking down the long approach lane towards the main building will be astonished by the amazing entrance, which echoes the grandeur and the rural surroundings of Hof van Saksen. Simply a joy to behold. Piet Oudolf's website
Hof van Saksen has various Armando paintings displayed in the main building,
the Havezate. Armando (Amsterdam 1929) is one of the most important post-war Dutch artists. He is recognised nationally and internationally as a visual artist, writer, film and documentary maker and violinist. His work, based on his personal experience of the Second World War in Amersfoort, deals with existential and universal themes, which he describes in terms of power and powerlessness, perpetrators and victims, memories, transience and melancholy. A fascination with violence and evil has shaped his work from the outset. Amazed by the treacherous beauty of this violence, Armando incorporates his themes in his own unique way into every discipline that he practices. Driven by the longing for insight into evil and the mastery of the techniques to give form to his themes, he explores the possibilities of every medium to the limit. Armando's work comprises series of monumental paintings, impastoed and interlaced with black and white with a trace of colour here and there, subtle, poetic drawings and graphics. Armando's website