Villa HJ sits amid lush greenery in a rural area of reclaimed land close to the famous North Holland dunes. Given the setting, an objective to create a seamless overlap between indoor spaces and the surrounding countryside seemed fitting. The building is understated by design, and was built largely from natural materials, with sustainable techniques.
The surrounding area is characterized by historical land subdivisions, original roads and waterways, and old mills and farmhouses, and boasted few villas to speak of before this. Consequently, it was important that our design conformed to the rural vernacular, regarding both form and construction materials, and that the villa did not distract attention from the scenic beauty of the natural landscape. This we achieved in part by sinking the bulk of the villa below the level of the raised mound ground on which it sits.
Architecture design: Paul de Ruiter Architects
interior design: X+L Interiors
Structural engineer: PBT Delft
Contractor: In own hands of the client together with Sjon de Koekkoek
Carpenter: Michiel Spittel & Multipl-x
Landscape design: Andrew van Egmond
Copyright images: Tim Van de Velde