As architects, my husband and I have fantasies of building our own house one day. He has poetic visions of modernist, open, loft-like spaces with spectacular views. As for me, my visions are more prosaic: I dream of a house where every available inch is given over to integrated, built-in storage.
Happily the two aren’t mutually exclusive, as evidenced by this newly built, modern family house in Bloemandaal, the Netherlands, by Amsterdam firm Paul de Ruiter Architects. Sited to preserve and appreciate the surrounding landscape, the structure has walls of windows to connect the rooms to the outdoors. Naturally lit, free-flowing spaces work best without clutter, and this is where the house’s ingenious built-in storage steps in. The prosaic enabling the poetic–come and have a look.
Photography by Tim Van de Velde.
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Frequently asked questions
Who is the architect of Villa V?
Villa V was designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects.
Where is Villa V located?
Villa V is located in Bloemendaal, The Netherlands.
What is the unique feature of Villa V?
Villa V has a fully automated façade system that adapts to the weather, allowing for energy savings and a comfortable interior environment.
What is the size of Villa V?
Villa V is a 610 square meter (6,566 square feet) home with three levels.
What materials were used in the construction of Villa V?
Villa V is primarily made of glass, steel, and concrete, with an emphasis on sustainability.
Are there any other notable features of Villa V?
Villa V has a green roof, solar panels, and a geothermal heat pump system that work together to reduce its carbon footprint.
Is Villa V open to the public for tours?
No, Villa V is a private residence and is not open to the public.