Bloemendaal, The Netherlands

Project Size: 5,260 square feet

Site Size: 10,700 square feet

Program: For a villa near Zuid-Kennemerland National Park in the Netherlands, the clients wanted a home as unique as the neighboring dune landscape. The family also sought to strike a balance between comfort and sustainability.

Solution:Amsterdam-based Paul de Ruiter Architects perched a Miesian box atop a glass base with a submerged garage for the design of the Villa V residence in Bloemendaal, the Netherlands. To evoke the nearby dunes, the architects tucked the steel-frame structure into a natural embankment and covered the garage’s roof with a carpet of moss. The garage’s curved exterior wall is made from reclaimed wood from a ship.  

The architect arranged the living quarters around a central glassed-in atrium. The kitchen and dining area are on the ground floor with a living space adjoining them. Above on the second floor, de Ruiter located the master bedroom and adjacent living spaces, plus bedrooms for the rest of the family.

Large parts of the glazed north and south facades usher in light and views of the landscape. I29, a Dutch interior architecture firm, created the cabinetry and covered the walls in plywood veneer. Sustainability also took top priority in the design; the home is powered in part through solar panels and geothermal energy.


Paul de Ruiter Architects
Valschermkade 36 D
1069 CD Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 6263244
Fax: +31 20 6237002

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Project Architect- Paul de Ruiter
Project leader- Chris Collaris

Interior designer:
i29 interior architects (i.c.w. Paul de Ruiter Architects)

Quinten R. Wildeboer

Kamsteeg Tuinen, Breda

General contractor:
Scholz Groep, IJmuiden

Tim Van de Velde (

CAD system, project management, or other software used:



Structural system
Concrete base, steel structure, wood and glass finishing

Exterior cladding
The facade finishing on the first floor is made of Waxedwood sustainable timber.
The moving parts are made of French oak.

The roof is covered with moss sedum.

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Cabinets and desks: birch multiplex

Wall coverings:
Walls: plastered white and plywood
Wall hall 1st floor: birch multiplex

Resilient flooring:
Ground floor finishing: Concrete
1st floor finishing: Forbo marmoleum Dutch Design by Jurgen Bey

Special interior finishes unique to this project:
Bathroom cabinet and shower: LG Hi-Macs
Bathroom children: Raapspecie concrete grey
Kitchen: Bulthaup

Seats lounge ground floor: Danish design chairs, 2nd hand

Dining table: Arco, table Slim, by Bert Jan Pot

Other furniture:
Bedroom cabinets: designed by I29, multiplex birch
Outside lounge chairs: Ikea

Interior ambient lighting:
Lamps in atrium: Bert Jan Pot, random light for Moooi, in 3 sizes
Lamps above dinner table: Urquiola & Gerotto Caboche
Pendant Lamp: Foscarini
Rounded lamp in lounge corner: Arco

Geothermal energy storage; heat pump; solar collectors on the roof.

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:
Roof covered with moss sedum; only natural materials have been used in the building.