The first design concept of this Villa Room was to allow the daily activities of the residents to form the main structure of the building. The owner wanted a studio, a view of the garden and an exhibition space. Her partner, a man with a passion for energy and technology, wanted a house that could be controlled, in relation to both the indoor climate and the degree of privacy. The result is a villa which, although providing space to sleep, eat, and live, does not have a traditional living room.
The villa is arranged around an open space with a roof through which light can enter. The northern light that falls in the centre of the house through the roof and the glass wall of the patio is ideal for the activities in the studio on the ground floor. The ground floor has a primarily ‘public’ function, such as the reception of guests, exhibitions and chamber concerts, and has a large, inviting kitchen/dining space. The living room is more secluded and is located in a relatively small corner, adjacent to the terrace.
Architect: Paul de Ruiter
Location: Rhenen, Netherlands
Project Architects: Paul de Ruiter & Rob Hootsmans
Project Team: Sander van Veen, Willeke Smit, Monique Verhoef
Constructed Area: 491 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Pieter Kers