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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 4.0 in Hilversum, The Netherlands by Mecanoo architecten b.v.

 
May 24th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Mecanoo architecten b.v. 

A simple bungalow dating from 1967 on a hexagonal ground plan had been radically altered and modified through the years. Although this had made the house bigger, it had also become increasingly inward-looking. The expanding wings were steadily enclosing the heart of the house with the hall and living quarters, and direct contact between the house and the magnificent surroundings was largely lost. The original detailing and material form were consistently adhered to during all previous interventions but the result was now thoroughly outmoded and of a poor technical quality.

The house has now been given its fourth look.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

  • Architects: Mecanoo architecten b.v. (Dick van Gameren)
  • Project: Villa 4.0
  • Location:  Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Pedro Kok
  • Interior design: IDing, Amsterdam
  • Landscape architect: Michael van Gessel, Amsterdam
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf L. Post en Zonen, Urk
  • Structural engineer: Breed ID, Den Haag
  • Construction management: Tijs Post, Purmerend
  • Area: 542 m2
  • Design: 2008-2009
  • Realisation: 2010-2011

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Preservation

The principle guiding this most recent intervention was to create a more sustainable house that is able to reinstate the lost relationship between it and the landscape. Keeping as close as possible to preserving the existing house was the first step towards a sustainable end-result. With the existing structure as the basis, the outer walls and roofs were modernized by adding insulation and replacing all windows and larger areas of glazing. The walls in the central section of the house were removed to create a new living hall looking out onto the surroundings on four sides. In addition, the physical bond between house and landscape has been consolidated by an all-glass pavilion attached to the living hall that reaches out to the brook flowing past the house.

Replanting of existing trees and shrubs creates an optimal balance between openness and privacy to the plot, Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Replanting of existing trees and shrubs creates an optimal balance between openness and privacy to the plot, Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Sustainability

Sustainability has been crucial in informing all components of the design, construction and daily use of the house. The idea for the design was to practically consider how the house could be least taxing on the environment in both the short and the long term. Key points of departure were maximum reuse of built elements and materials already on site and the use of sturdy and proven techniques to achieve the lowest possible energy consumption.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Integration into the environment

A floor heating system has been laid into the new concrete deck floor that can heat or cool the rooms using low temperature heating. A second system has been installed in the bedroom ceilings to facilitate additional cooling in summer. Another source of cooling is by means of a roof-top pump that draws up water from the brook and sprays it onto the roof. The living room heats up quickly in winter by being oriented to the south and having all-glass facades, and thus serves as a heat source for the house as a whole. Ventilation of the house is premised on the natural circulation of air throughout the building. Much of the furniture is built-in and where possible made of sustainable materials: bamboo wooden floors, Ecoplex (poplar) laminate kitchen cupboards and felt furniture and curtains. The new garden layout is informed as much as possible by the replanting of existing trees and shrubs. This gives a greater openness to the plot, but also privacy where this is required. The emphasis on sustainability facilitates the integration of the home into its environment.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

The all-glass pavilion attached to the living hall consolidates the physical bond between house and landscape, Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

The all-glass pavilion attached to the living hall consolidates the physical bond between house and landscape, Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

The existing structure served as basis: the outer walls and roofs were modernized by adding insulation and replacing all windows and larger areas of glazing

The existing structure served as basis: the outer walls and roofs were modernized by adding insulation and replacing all windows and larger areas of glazing

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Pedro Kok

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo architecten b.v.

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