W.G.J.M. Waanders envisioned not only a bookshop, but also a place for musical recitals, exhibitions, a restaurant and other cultural events. He finally got his way.
A lot of old elements and murals were recovered during the restoration. I think it was done beautifully. My mother and I had a coffee underneath this wonderful ceiling and it was literally awesome.
On one side in the middle of the ship a new staircase was built leading up to several floors, tripling the floor size of the place. In my opinion the design of the staircase totally fits in with the rest of the building adding a modern touch to it without being dominant.
A combination of old and new, I'm all for it. 'Waanders in de Broeren' is a lovely place to wonder around, browse through all kinds of books, have a coffee or dinner, or listen to a concert. For more information, read here.