Working where other people go on holiday – that’s the name of the game for the Dutch family de Visser. They made a dream come true – for themselves and their numerous visitors – when they opened their beach bar in Vrouwenpolder in Zeeland in spring 2016. Inside the bar they are relying on Lindura wooden flooring from MEISTER.
This section of the beach in the northern part of the Walcheren peninsula used to be quite sleepy. Unlike the beaches in places like Domburg, the beach at Vrouwenpolder had little in the way of gastronomy to offer. Both holiday guests and locals had to go further afield. This all changed in 2015 – when work started on the modern designed beach bar “De Dam”, the new hotspot on this part of the Dutch coast.
“Inside” and “outside” merge
Within only four-and-a-half months – the first pile was rammed into the ground on 26th November 2015 – the building was constructed with 600 m² of floor space – planning permission did not allow for more. This didn’t matter, however, because the focus here is still on the beach, sea and sky. And these were brought indoors, so to speak, thanks to a perfect interior design that links inside and out. Natural materials are dominant – wood, metal, leather, linen – in colours also found in the direct vicinity of the dunes, the beach and the water: shades of green, turquoise, cream, white, with copper-coloured decorative elements as contrasting elements. This makes the beach bar appear to melt in with its environment. The entire interior fittings are custom designed, making them individual but harmonious at the same time. There’s nothing off-the-peg here: high-quality designer chairs meet coarse wooden tables, decorative finds give the bar a personal touch.
Lindura withstands sand, dogs and children
The de Vissers are backing nature for the floor covering, too. It was clear relatively early on that the flooring would have to be wooden, since that was the only way to support the natural atmosphere of the beach bar. Yet there were still doubts: large quantities of sand being brought in every day, the numerous visitors with prams or dogs – would a classic parquet floor be able to cope? The perfect solution for the relaxed maritime ambience: Lindura! The château plank format (2.60 m x 32 cm) is particularly impressive in large rooms, and the surface finish café latte rustic oak is a very good choice for gastronomy, not only on account of its name.
Lindura is especially sturdy and easy to care for thanks to its high share of mineral components in the so-called wood powder, and thus suitable to cope with all the challenges presented by a beach bar: sand is swept or vacuumed away in between, regular mopping is no problem for the floor. Yes, it has got a bit of patina already – but that just makes it all the more natural and ethnic.
Life in “De Dam” is close to nature in other ways, too. This is reflected by the use of regional products in the kitchen, as well as in the hot water and electricity supplies, which work via special hybrid solar cells on the roof of the building. The sleepy times at Vrouwenpolder beach are definitely over now “De Dam” has arrived: up to 700 meals a day are prepared on a typical Sunday in July, the bar is open from 10 am to 11 pm. 40 employees help make sure guests feel at home. The effort is worth it – the bar is already a prize-winner: “De Dam” was declared best newcomer “Strandpaviljoen” 2016 (www.de-dam.nl).
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