Market deals in the old and new era: the 17th century old market turned into a trendy restaurant, the Dutch Leiden Waag

If you want to understand the life of a city, then you can look at the market of the city, you can see the daily life of the city; from the use and selection of objects, ingredients, spices, put together a possible look of a place, as if it is a The starting point of the research project. As the city expands, consumption habits change, and transportation improves, the market may be concentrated into a square, a building, or even a square—the old ones are replaced by new ones, or they are ridiculous.




Europe in the seventeenth century was in a turbulent political revolution, and the understanding of knowledge and science kept flipping, and the way of knowing the world was constantly changing. Newton's laws of physics digitize power, and Descartes's work influences modern philosophy. Copernicus proposes the sun-centered doctrine, and Baroque architecture reflects the appearance of the times. De Waag, the market in Leiden, the Netherlands, from the turbulent 17th century to the 20th century, where merchants sold a variety of goods; until 1972, the market sold the last item: a piece Secretary.












After decades of ruining the Baroque architecture, 2015 finally walked back to the life of the city; with minimalist lines and color design, it became a fashionable restaurant of the same name. Waag. The exterior of the building is engraved with intricate carvings and decorations, and the windows are integrated into the old market with modern lines. The surrounding windows provide light, and the sleek columns and vaults create an open, comfortable space. In the past, the sale of ingredients was carried out here, and now it is a meal of the way, connecting the visitors who travel here.








The diamond pattern is like a modern interpretation of Baroque, creating a dynamic and colorful visual effect with a large interlaced mixture. Green and orange are the main theme of this small restaurant, they are faintly reflected in the old tiles and stones. Part of the wall was re-planned, with the black-and-black side depicting the outline of the display racks, and the various instruments that have been weighed from now on are placed one by one, recalling the background story of the former market.






The use of color, material and lines is intertwined with the new look of the old market; therefore, the abandoned land is re-lighted.


Aalmarkt 21, 2311 EC Leiden
Opening Hours: Sun-Tue & Thu-Fri/ 10:00 am-02:00 am
Wed & Sat/ 09:00 am-02:00 am
T: +31-71-740-0300


All Images via Waag Facebook.


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