Dutch firm Paul de Ruiter Architects has won the ARC13 architecture prize for their project Villa Kogelhof, beating out over 110 entries. The award is given to projects “wherein the usage and the technology are aligned in an innovative manner, aiming to strengthen sustainability as an integral part of architecture.” Located in Kamperland, Zeeland, Villa Kogelhof is a private, energy efficient home set on 25 hectares of protected land.
The home features many energy efficient aspects, and its modern interior maintains a consistent temperature while simultaneously remaining energy neutral year round. The project’s “floating” home design is a prime example of how modern minimalist architecture can also embody a strong ecological consciousness.
Villa Kogelhof was given the green light thanks to a local governmental program that aims to connect regional ecological zones throughout the country. In 2006, the owner of the villa bought 25 hectares of farmland on the condition it would be returned to its pre-agricultural state a protected habitat for plants and animals. Soon after, 71,000 six-year-old trees were planted in the surrounding area in order to restore the landscape. In addition to returning the land to its natural state, the forest will fulfill the home’s destiny to become a “sustainable villa in the woods.”
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