Paul de Ruiter Architects Wins ARC13 Architecture PrizeDecember 05, 2013
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."
Images courtesy of Jeroen Musch
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