In the woods of Veenendaal Paul de Ruiter Architects designed a new villa, where once a bungalow from the 70s was situated. With this project we rose to the challenge to let as much daylight in as possible in the dark wooded area. At the same time we wanted to guard the boundary between inside and outside - between private and public - as closely as possible.
Three strips as design base To achieve both a light living space and shelter we divided the building plot into three long strips right-angled to the road. The bottom strip facing south is reserved for the garden, the middle strip accommodates the villa itself and the northernmost strip functions as the access route to the house equipped with a driveway , parking and entrance. This layout keeps the private parts of the house out of sight.
Areas with a specific function We repeated the layout in the floor plan of the house; we divided it into three strips along the full length of the 30 meters long villa. By doing so we ensure the openness and viability. On the eastern side of the house, on the street side, the more public functions are located, including the entrance, the office, the kitchen and the living room, while the westside, far away from the street, accommodates the more intimate functions such as a televisionroom, the bedroom and the bathroom. Each zone is characterized by a specific function and can be closed by translucent sliding walls.
Connected to the surrounding area To create transparency, to maximize the entrance of natural light and to give the residents the feeling that they're outside, the villa is entirely focused on the private garden facing south. Because three of the four façades are completely made of glass, each room in the villa looks out directly over this garden. The large wooden terrace functions as an outdoor room, partly covered by a wooden canopy, supported by steel consoles. The villa seems to float above the ground. On both sides of the house a pond is situated to also lift it off the ground there, which emphasizes the lightness of the construction.