Who needs Ferrero Rocher when you have a personal chef? A lavish restoration, including the addition of a professional kitchen and an apartment for a live-in chef, at the Irish ambassador’s residence in the Hague cost almost €3m to construct and furnish, it has emerged.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 035116.ece
The project included the addition of a two-vehicle car port, constructed “entirely out of steel plates and placed on the site in one piece”.
Costs for the works, released under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, show that the refurbishment, with the restoration of a new embassy office building in the Scheveningen neighbourhood of the Hague, add up to more than €7m.
At the ambassador’s residence, the cook’s quarters, a self-contained apartment, had to be placed partially underground because of planning restrictions at the 8,000sq ft traditional-style Dutch house in Wassenaar, a wealthy suburb of the Hague. The extension was by VMX Architects, an Amsterdam practice headed by Don Murphy, an Irish architect, over two years.