artist residence het witte pand

Het Witte Pand / The White House

Het Witte Pand / The White House ‘Artist Residence Het Witte Pand’ (The White House Artist Residence) is a place for people visiting Utrecht for a dose of culture. Employees, guests and colleagues of creative Utrecht needing temporary accommodation when visiting the city can check in to this four-apartment complex at a special cultural rate. But other guests are of course most welcome too! For a minimum stay of three nights and up to several weeks.
Het Witte Pand is an initiative of the SWK030 foundation in cooperation with the Municipality of Utrecht.

Het Witte Pand is established in a characteristic historical building on the banks of the River Vecht. The building is the last remaining vestige of the maritime industry in Utrecht. In 2013, the building was fully renovated and refashioned into a residence for people visiting Utrecht for a cultural boost specifically, but also for a broader public. It has enjoyed the status of a municipal monument since that same year.

The complex consists of four spacious independent apartments, each comprising two levels. The tall 1st floor feels like a spacious loft because of its huge windows, six-metre peak and classic wooden floors. The working kitchen and bathroom are on the ground floor, equipped with all the necessary appliances. Each apartment has its own atmosphere, stemming from the use of specific colours and photography.

The apartments boast ceiling-to-floor photography by Mike Roelofs, Jeroen Toirkens and Anaïs Lopez, selected by Fotodok, Space for Documentary Photography and the tenants of SWK030. On the ground floor, you’ll find photographs from different series produced by Utrecht-based photographer Han Ernest.


SWK030 Stichting SWK030 creative accommodation is a non-profit organisation whose mission it is to offer professional artists, creative entrepreneurs, artistic bodies and cultural organisations affordable accommodation within the Municipality of Utrecht.

For many years now, the SWK030 foundation has managed and rented out cultural real estate, often in close cooperation with the Municipality of Utrecht. Over the past 10-year period, this has generated significant growth in the number of square metres devoted to permanent cultural business premises in the city. This facility serves as a basis for the foundation of a broad range of artistic manifestations.

SWK030 contributes significantly towards the development of the cultural climate in the city and within the region of Utrecht. This is achieved by finding and managing premises, as well as by stimulating tenants to cooperate and arrange building exchanges by supporting artistic initiatives and making space available on a temporary basis for presentations. 

White bicycles for our guests

White bicycles for our guests Utrecht is even more fun by bike! Just recently we had two sturdy white bycicles made, specially for use by guests of the Witte Pand. They are for rent at a charge of 5 Euro per day, with a 150 Euro warranty deposit. Please, let us know on booking if you want to rent one or both bycicles.

Yoga, good location and a brush with Dutch royalty

Yoga, good location and a brush with Dutch royalty Staying at apartment Napels this autumn was double fun for Australian curator Freja Carmichael. Not only did she participate in the making of a very special exhibition at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht (AAMU). She also had the opportunity to explore her Dutch grandfather’s homeland.

“My stay in Utrecht was for the National Gallery of Australia's Indigenous art leadership fellowship with Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht. As part of my program I worked on the exhibition “Mapping Australia“.

“I loved going back to my apartment each night. It was very quiet and peaceful, with a well equipped kitchen where I could cook a decent meal. There was plenty of space to do my yoga and some paper-and computer work. The location was good too, even more so when the museum bought me a second hand bike. An investment of only 80 Euro’s, which is cheaper than renting one and truly worth it for a stay of five weeks!”

“In my spare time I went to the market, climbed the Dom-tower and enjoyed a lot of great coffee and wonderful food. But I also journeyed to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Leiden to visit art museums. I even went to Sweden for a weekend to see some friends. What made my time in Holland extra special is that I got to see my Dutch grandfather’s homeland again. And the exhibition was opened by King Willem Alexander and his wife Maxima. I didn’t get to meet them, but they did walk past me. It was nice excitement to be a part of!”

Freja’s tip: go visit the Aboriginal Art Museum on Oudegracht. It’s the only of its kind in Europe!

More about Freja’s stay in Utrecht: “The fellowship was a professional development opportunity to gain further experience in an international context. “Mapping Australia” is an exhibition which presents different representations of Australia from Aboriginal artists, plus cartography from early Dutch explorers.”

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia “Thank you for a beautiful stay in the New York apartment! I have a big crush on Utrecht and perhaps a little love affair with Rotterdam!”

Cara Kirkwood
Indigenous program Coordinator
National Gallery of Australia

Stayed for a week and a half in het Witte Pand in September 2016, During hr work on an exhibition in the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht.

Jan Martens and his team in Het Witte Pand.

Jan Martens and his team in Het Witte Pand. Choreographer Jan Martens and a part of his team were guests in Het Witte Pand for a week and a half during Spring festival 2016. In between working for the performance The Common People it was good to be able to retreat to the apartments. Jan Martens: " It was lovely. A place to unwind. We travel a lot and often stay in hotels during our travels. Here we could do our own cooking, our laundry and relax. We hope to be coming back!" 

Reviews from guests

Reviews from guests A random selection of the reviews we got on Airbnb:

The place was great, clean and fully equiped. I will certainly get it again.

I've been at Utrecht for 3 weeks and this flat was wonderful ! It's closer the center (15 min of walk near the Vecht which is a little river), and very modern/clean. Thank to the hosts who were very sympathic! It was a pleasure!

Great, spacious apartment in a nice and quiet location. About 25 minutes to the centre by foot. Would rent it again anytime.

The place was perfect for our purpose and probably one of the most beautiful places if been in with AirBnB. The area is quiet though the access to the city centre is easy. So overall really to recommend

Great value. Large, inexpensive, and good location. Super nice, clean and newly renovated. Great location that was near enough to easily bike to the city center but also had easily accessible street parking for my car. Very large apartment with two levels. The bottom level has the bathroom, kitchen, dining, and laundry facilities. The upper level is an open floor plan (one room) set up as the bedroom and living area.