To design buildings is what architects do best and though many have a specialty, there are not many in the Netherlands that tread the delicate line between renovation and design. Friso Woudstra of Friso Woudstra
Architecten BNA B.V. specialises in estates, transforming forlorn mansions into beautiful domains. His exceptional work has even reached Dutch royalty. For a good impression of what Woudstra does best, one just has to take a look at the mansion he and his wife Yneke bought in 1999 in a town called Vorden, not far from the German border.  ‘Wientjesvoort’ was designed in 1850 by famous architect Pierre Cuypers (Amsterdam Central Station, Rijksmuseum and much more), but after a fire several decades ago, the building was left in a state of decay.