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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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 L – Paradox of Uniting Diversity in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Powerhouse Company

 
March 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Powerhouse Company

Powerhouse Company, in close collaboration with RAU, recently completed Villa L. Designed to fulfil the desires and needs of a young family, Villa L is set in the woods of central Netherlands, fully oriented towards the sun and the views on the garden. Villa L is a spatially diverse residence where every floor has its own strong identity, creating a broad spatial spectrum within a unified whole.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy

  • Architects: Powerhouse Company
  • Project: Villa L – Paradox of Uniting Diversity
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Photography: christian van der kooy
  • Partner in charge: Nanne de Ru
  • Co-architect:  Thomas Rau – RAU
  • Design: Nanne de Ru, Charles Bessard
  • Project leader: Stijn Kemper
  • Team: Ard-Jan Lootens, Bjørn Andreassen
  • Structural engineering: Gilbert van der Lee – BREED Integrated Design
  • Project management: Stef Pierik – Pierik Projecten Groep BV
  • Contractor: Coen Hagedoorn Bouwgroep BV
  • Landscape design: Sander Lap – LAP Landscape & Urban Design
  • Interior design: Bart Vos – VOS Interieur

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy

A young family with three children asked Powerhouse Company and RAU to design a house that would fulfill their dreams: a paradox of a house that is simple yet surprising, open yet specific, minimal yet luxurious. Powerhouse Company, responsible for the design, resolved these contradictions with a house based on a radical differentiation of spatial experiences on three floors (of which one is subterranean). RAU embedded the sustainable strategy for the villa in the design. Three clear levels, with three very different characters and functionalities as a basis for family life to emerge.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy

Family life
One level is for living, a generously open ground floor. A strip of serving rooms containing storage, toilets and stairs, provides easily access to the luxuriously open living spaces. The kitchen and living room are oriented maximally to the sun and view. In close relation to this living area there are two studies located on the north side next to the entrance.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy

Village of cabins
The collection of rooms on the first floor provides space for sleeping and privacy. Set in a delicate roof garden, all the bedrooms are autonomous volumes crafted in their entirety from dark wood. They work like a village of cabins, providing intimacy and privacy. Every room is like a world of its own with private views over the wooded landscape.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy

Wellness and retreat
The curved basement is for guests, wellness and storage. The excavations allow the pool and the guest rooms to have fully glazed facades and direct access to the garden.

Smart Sustainability
The house incorporates innovative sustainable measures including a hot and cold-water storage and extensive use of hidden PV cells. The basement contains a dedicated area for the high-end energy saving installations. A house designed for the hectic life of an evolving family; fragmented yet united, plural yet whole. The audacious structural engineer Gilbert van der Lee, also responsible for engineering Villa 1, designed the structure, including the soaring ceiling of the living room. The interior furnishings are designed by interior designer Bart Vos.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy

Awards & Nominations:
Villa L was recently nominated for the prestigious European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013.

Powerhouse Company
Charles Bessard (1970, France) and Nanne de Ru (1976, The Netherlands) founded Powerhouse Company in 2005. Powerhouse Company has offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Copenhagen, Denmark and works on various international commissions that range from furniture design to architecture, planning and research.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy

RAU
Thomas Rau (1960, Germany) founded RAU in 1992 which is located in Amsterdam. RAU designs buildings with a strong emphasis on sustainability and has been at the forefront of Dutch/European sustainable architecture since its founding.

Image Courtesy © Christian van der Kooy

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