ard de vries architecten has designed a home at valkenberg estate, a remote farm in the netherlands. located in a valley between the mountains of oldenzaal and bentheim, the region is known for its sandstone tradition and beautiful terrain full of streams and rivers. the architects sought to create a project that would be grounded in the tradition and material qualities of the site.

ard de vries architecten introduces landscape into sunlit home in the netherlands
all images by kim zwarts

 

 

the house is designed to maximize different views, creating a dynamic experience of the surrounding landscape. through a variety of room sizes, lighting techniques and materials the home creates a constantly changing experience of the surrounding pastoral setting. as the architects write, ‘the landscape appears in the villa in multiple guises’.

ard de vries architecten valkenberg estate netherlands
naturally grown, raw materials are employed throughout the interior

 

 

ard de vries made use of local materials in order to pay tribute to the history of the site. naturally grown, raw materials are employed throughout the space including sandstone which belonged to a demolished house. a carpenter was hired to employ locally sourced oak in the structural frame of the project. the frames are made of untreated, laminated oak while the interior is made of oak.

ard de vries architecten valkenberg estate netherlands
the frames are made of untreated local oak while the interior is made of oak

ard de vries architecten valkenberg estate netherlands
floor to ceiling views of the pastoral landscape characterize the home

ard de vries architecten valkenberg estate netherlands
the use of materials and the orientation ensure that views of the terrain are constantly changing

ard de vries architecten valkenberg estate netherlands
the appearance of the stone differs by its orientation to the sun and it transforms with the seasons

ard de vries architecten valkenberg estate netherlands
with the bricklayer, the architects selected the heavy sandstones carefully to designate specific places

ard de vries architecten valkenberg estate netherlands
the beautiful barns near dinkelland are made from untreated oak, a material that is abundant in the area

 

 

 

project info: 

 

project name: estate valkenberg
architect firm: ard de vries architecten
project location: twente, the netherlands
completion year: 2016
gross built area : 500 sqm

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