Check how far the architects went to customize the home to the terrain.
The little family wanted a house that was as adapted to the special natural surroundings as possible. The residents therefore contacted the architects Denieuwegeneratie architect with a wishing help. The result was a living in direct contact with nature, and with minimal ecological footprints.
The house is located on a historic farmland in a nature reserve in the Netherlands.
– To minimize the disturbances in the landscape, the house is built into an artificial hill, explains the architect Thomas Dieben.
– The client also wanted an environmentally friendly house, and we therefore placed great emphasis on environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions. The enclosure in the ground also serves as a camouflage that hides the house from the north side. Earth around serves as thermal insulation.
On the south side, the house has been opened up to the maximum. The large glass façade is framed in timber, which controls the transition from the artificial to the natural. There is a large terrace along the entire width of the house, and on the west side is a chicken house made.
– The frame of the house is constructed of Lerk, from the woods around the house. The materials are thus very short-lived and local, “explains the architect. Detailing creates a seamless transition between interior and exterior: The concrete floor, window frames and the finishing touch of the patio are throughout the interior of the exterior.
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Inside, the house has a wide open, open space of 12×19 meters. The open space allows a flexible solution to the interior.
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– The rooms are arranged in a careless way and divided by light wood constructions, explains Dleben. We have done this to facilitate possible future changes. Nothing is locked and the interior should be able to evolve with the young family. Thus, rooms and rooms can be added or removed over time.
– The different rooms are very different. In one part of the house there is a cave-like atmosphere in which daylight flows through deep cuts in the mountains. In the open common area, the large glass facade opens up to spectacular views of the surrounding forests.
The architects wanted to create contrasts in the materials and interior. The concrete wall, which will symbolize the mountain, looks unfinished. The welded joints in the steel are visible and the wood is untreated. The interior, however, is finished and carried out in an original and colorful way.
This house makes more energy than it uses
– The project has been an experiment in sustainable, architectural and technical strategies, explains Dleben. The technical installations, designed by Arup Amsterdam, consist of solar panels, LED lighting, heating with pellets in combination with a low temperature and CO2-controlled ventilation. The result is a house where the total amount of energy produced exceeds the consumption. The surplus energy can be used to charge an electric car.
– The house is different and unpredictable, the architect concludes. We wanted to carry out an experiment in sustainable strategies in structure, and material and technical installations. It’s a house that slides into the surroundings, but still stands out with exciting surprises.