The historic building, vacant since 2020, has a rich history and is distinguished by special details and a beautiful view of the harbour at the front, with the old church and former pop centre "Bibelot" at the back.
Marijn: "This is a listed building that has been vacant since 2020. The building used to be part of a healthcare facility, and you can sometimes still see traces of that, like oddly placed sockets or special rooms where patients stayed."
Davey: "We often sit on the steps in front of the building, chatting and watching the boats sail by. There is even a ballroom with a projector where we can create our own cinema experience. And where there are no suspended ceilings, you can still see the old ornaments."
Although Marijn and Davey are very aware of the property's history, and feel a responsibility to preserve the listed building for that very reason, there was initially some scepticism from the neighbourhood because of the reputation of previous occupants.
Davey: "Admittedly, the neighbourhood was not happy with our presence at first, possibly because of our predecessors who showed no respect for the property and its surroundings. We are sorry that our neighbours got the wrong idea about anti-squatting, and we'd like to show the neighbourhood how it can be done. That we do maintain the property well and do our best to build a good relationship with our neighbours."