A house was designed on a rural estate in the Dutch Veluwe area
that, according to the client, should be no more than a roof over
one's head and protection against the elements. The villa is
situated on the edge of a high wood and is a continuation of an old
garden wall, bordering a vegetable garden and an orchard.
The house has two floors on a basement and is characterised by large roof overhangs and many glass frames in the elongated, south, outer wall. The long vistas over the estate are carried through into the building iself. On the northern, wooded side the villa has a more closed aspect: on one corner the ground level is lowered, so that daylight reaches the underground floor.
The diversity of differently-orientated spaces creates distinct areas, each varying in mood and all aspects of the villa are different. In the living room the large sliding walls can be closed, so that the interconnecting spaces become more intimate and can be used separately. The large, wooden sliding doors in the outer wall create an optimum relationship with the outside. The external brickwork is finished in grey, sand-cement plasterwork, so that the horizontal, sectional villa stands in bold contrast with the lofty, evergreen wall behind.
Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs
Bouwkundig Bureau Bos
G. Bronkhorst & Zn. BV