Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects

July 05, 2016

Sleek and Sustainable

Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects

If your idea of sustainable living conjures up images of ramshackle farmhouses with free roaming pigs and disproportionately large wind turbines you should take a look at this futuristic villa designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects.

From a distance the two-storey structure looks like a spaceship has landed in the middle of the polders of the Netherlands, the straight lines of the fields neatly mirrored by the rectilinear form of the building.  The main entrance and carpark are located unobtrusively at the basement of the villa.  The stairwell acts as the main support of the elevated glass box which contains the living areas, its wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape which has been transformed with the planting of over 70,000 trees and the installation of a large pond.

The villa is designed to be completely energy self-sufficient, thanks to 280 square metres of solar panels on the roof as well as smart features such as "water roofs" which filter natural light to the lower floors and a custom-designed cooling system.  The futuristic theme continues with the interior design scheme, which has been kept super minimal.

This is a post-modern machine for living which is utterly in tune with nature.

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