House O is in Breda on the periphery of the Montensbos area. This mature, green residential area dating to the 1960s is spaciously laid out. In general, the houses are positioned at the front of the plot and therefore have the customary front/back garden characteristics. The design of house O differs from this typology. Its position on the plot exposes it to the optimum amount of sunlight. The front garden becomes the back garden and the well thought out planting plan almost completely shuts out the surrounding buildings. The main body of the house is located at the rear of the plot, giving a modest appearance from the street and blocking out noise from the nearby main road. A delightful green pathway along the north side of the plot leads to the entrance, which is at the rear of the property. On this side, the house has a relatively secluded character. So, the experience of approaching the house becomes an enjoyable daily ritual as the outside world is left behind. The spacious entrance hall - which has an open, airy feel due to its size, walls and lack of doors - gives a taste of the rest of the house. The accommodation is designed for movement through the house and garden. Throughout this light residence there is always a strong relationship with the outdoors, and long lines of sight and movement maximise the experience of the plot. Previously, the residents - who are passionate about gardens, gardening and the outdoor life - owned a home in rural surroundings with a vast garden. The ground floor may be described as a single, open space where massive volumes provide a further connection with the outside. All the rooms on the ground floor flow into one another, creating both intimate, private areas and more open spaces. At the top of the house the ground floor and first floor are connected by a void. In this area, there is a studio on the ground floor and a library/annex/study on the first floor. The first floor has more of a cosy, intimate feeling. The two staircases ensure that there is constant movement through the house, allowing short-cuts and further reinforcing the experience of the exterior, as the two staircases provide access to the garden.
The house is rendered/plastered white. The materials used on the inside and outside are identical, providing a seamless transition from the inside to the outside. This is reinforced by the roof projections. The frontages are made of narrow-gauge steel. The closed facades are faced with light-grey oiled cedar wood - a natural material. The light-coloured natural stone floor continues to the exterior in the terraces which also provide protection from the sun. The large roof areas are used to accommodate an innovative roof heating system. A pipe system absorbs the heat and the connection to a deep source provides easy, efficient cooling and heating of the house and swimming pool. The eaves have a very thin zinc edging. This keeps the facade clean and creates tight, unbroken lines.