Villa Kogelhof is built on a deserted agricultural estate. The estate is part of a program initiated by the government, which aims to connect regional ecological zones throughout the country-side in the Netherlands. The current owner bought the site, once farmland, seven years ago. It is a protected habitat for animals and plants. Permission to build a house on the land was given only on condition that it was returned to its pre-agricultural state by planting approximately 71,000 six-year-old trees. Yep I did say 71,000!
The villa designed by Paul Ruiter architects is designed based on the house being energy neutral. By using several techniques, the villa has a comfortable climate in all seasons, whilst being extremely energy efficient. It was an important wish from the client to create a simple, abstract, yet spectacular villa. The result is a composition; consisting of two square stacked volumes: one underground and one floating above ground. It is designed as an uncompromising glass box, supported by a steel V-frame. Just imagine how breathtaking the villa will be surrounded by the 71,000 trees.