Architects & Firms
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.
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