An uncompromising glass box

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.

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

Villa Kogelhof by Paul Ruiter architects

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