Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Villa Groothof in Barneveld, The Netherlands by Studioninedots
November 11th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Studioninedots
Villa Groothof is situated in the beautiful surroundings of the city of Barneveld. Each side of the plot has its own quality and stunning views to the surrounding landscape. The client wants a private house that respects these surroundings and the history of the site. Furthermore, the client wants a house with a continuous organisation without any dead ends. This allows him, as a professor, to walk around and think.
The rich history of the site tells many stories of ancient monasteries. By transforming the monastery typology we created a house with intertwining routes. Like the monasteries the villa has an inner courtyard where you can sit in silence, mediate or create special events with friends or family. Around the courtyard we created a loop with multiple contrasts between the inside and outside.
The living area will be a transparent pavilion on a solid concrete base that is rooted in the earth, filled with private program. In this way the building gets both an introvert and extrovert character and a subdued relation with the landscape. The name of the site becomes the concept, Villa Groothof (big courtyard)!
Studioninedots was established by Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut and Metin van Zijl in 2010 in Amsterdam. It is an international operating office with an architectural playing field ranging from designing a chair to developing a city. Studioninedots sees architecture as a reflection of contemporary urban culture which touches upon trends, movements, cultures, conflict, diversity, change, interaction, surprise, opportunities, threats, density, ecology and complexity. In its architecture and urban design the office integrates urban processes to get resourceful answers to current design queries.
The correlation between knowledge and creativity is the strength of the office. The inception of the design process is uncovering the essence of assignment. By making the project tangible, space is created for new ways of thinking, for influences outside architecture or urbanism, and to think and work interdisciplinary.
Due to extensive experience the office is able to flawlessly get progressive ideas and designs into a realistic framework, in close collaboration with the client. Thus complex designs can be fast and effectively turned into reality.
Studioninedots designs sophisticated projects that define themselves through an apparent simplicity and a richness of experience. It creates buildings that express a constant sensory perception between recognition and surprise. By re-arranging the common-placed urban elements, buildings and plans are created that embody urban processes, giving them an agility to move with the dynamics of the city and therefore stay meaningful in a constant changing environment.