atelier van lieshout: villa sculptura atelier van lieshout: villa sculptura
jan 11, 2011

atelier van lieshout: villa sculptura

‘villa sculptura’ all images courtesy of atelier van lieshout and villa sculptura



villa sculptura‘ is the very first house that the rotterdam-based studio of joep van lieshout has designed. a living work of art, the concept behind the cocoon-like dwelling is a reaction to high-tech and the computer-drawn blobs that are currently a trend in modern architecture. the design is recognizably that of joep van lieshout and complies with all modern and legal demands that are required of houses.

the villa is set to be built at parkzichtlaan on the edge of leidsche rijn park along the banks of the historic oude rijn river in utrecht, surrounded by ten detached, white houses. at its core, ‘villa sculptura’ is a traditional building, but after construction is realized, joep van lieshout, as a sculptor, will shape its outer lay. a steel frame which is filled up with polyurethane form, is also the basis of an additional layer of insulation. this will be covered by a polyurea coating finished with redox pure finish gloss, and will provide a ‘hard shell’ look.



K.O.W. architects from the hague are responsible for the architectural drawing which comply with all legal demands. in collaboration with the future owner, atelier van lieshout will adjust the design of the house to the owner’s specific wishes. it is expected that the building of the villa will take between six and nine months.

people who are interested in buying the villa can purchase the lot 900m2 lot along with the design, which is a guaranteed commitment to having the structure built. the sale of the villa began on january 5th, with a starting price of 1 million euros. this price includes both the lot and the building and will vary in value depending on the end size and finishes chosen.



exterior front view



ground floor



first floor



second floor with roof terrace



site view sketch



aerial view sketch of the site

  • cool, but why doesnt he buy it himself?

    niki de saint phalle says:
  • i like. a bit like gaudi, maybe more practical.

    Darija says:
  • gaudi? not a bit like. nowhere near, pal.

    nicey says:
  • Baarbababaaaaaaa!

    barbababa says:
  • The elevation and plans for a reaction to high-tech inspired designs are drawn on a computer…ironic?

    The Sanchez says:
  • Michael Reynolds constructions are amazing because they make sense and promote specific qualities. In this shack, I only see the fantasy of a Walt Disney addict.

    iBouc says:
  • A rudimentary box softened by an poorly imagined exterior, a cake frosted by a drunk — the outside’s a hippy, the inside’s a CPA. Alas, developers will love it.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • crikey mort, thats a bit cynical.give the guy at least some credit…

    wurm says:
  • my god, who has puck in my house?

    pass says:
  • Oh dear!

    mawdster says:
  • 2nd floor looks like my colon in a box.

    I think he just designs normal things then has a bunch of guys cum on the drawings. that’s the only way I can make sense of this, esp the exterior.

    rogrogrog says:
  • We as a society NEED more houses that literally look like CRAP!

    All bow down to this god-like recreation of my last rectal movement!!!

    Can’t anyone sense the ironic nature of this “design”? A 1M Euro giant colonoscopy?

    DrHeywoodFloyd says:
  • The ‘small’ difference between gaudis architecture and this one is that, gaudi created some of the most beautiful buildings in the history and that one is probably one of the ugliest!!!

    DI says:
  • classically Joep van Lieshout!
    LOVE it.

    blob fan says:
  • 1st non generic archi design of 2011,nice

    archipunk says:

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