a landscape full of surprises
The roads are lined with wildflowers. In summer, purple and yellow loosestrife are in bloom. Timber-framed farmhouses, enclosed meadows, ancient fields, and wonderful oak trees with their thick trunks turn your thoughts to days long gone. This villa is set in a newly developed estate in the unique, tree-lined landscape of the Dutch Achterhoek, where unexpected scenes of rural beauty are always just around the bend.
In front of the house and its setting is a wide-open space that stylishly frames the park, most of which is open to walkers. The park, in turn, blends into the landscape around it. The landscape architect for this project carefully restored the property to its original state, with rows of trees throughout the landscape like theatrical sets. To make the soil less fertile, the top layer was removed throughout the property. In the interest of sustainability, this soil was reused to form a raised area beneath the house. The result is a traditional Dutch terp dwelling, a house on top of a hill that contains the cellar.
Sustainability also inspired the design of the house. The villa is self-sufficient. At any time, the occupants can go off the net without losing their energy supply. Water is drawn from a private well, and the practical and sustainable built-in features include solar panels, roof and floor heating through thermal energy storage, reuse of rainwater, a septic tank, shielded power cables, and Heat Mirror glass. This unique glass acts as an efficient and environmentally friendly awning, cooling the house and keeping out excess heat.
Description sustainable countryhouse on a hill
Status completed 2011
Surroundings country estate in a park style
17.000 new trees and 1.000 rhododendrons
Surface 825 m² (8,880 sq. ft.) floor area, 15-hectare (37-acre) parcel
Living areas living room, kitchen with pantry, 3 bedrooms, study, studio,
exercise room, wine cellar
Material stainless steel, dark stucco, white marble floor
Custom made Sustainable construction and use; residence situated on an
artificial mound of reused soil for better views of the park.
Self-sufficient (generating its own energy, private water supply):
solar panels, energy roof, floor heating, and cooling through
thermal energy storage, reuse of rainwater, septic tank, shielded
power cables, a private well and Heat Mirror Glass.
Photography Christiaan de Bruijne