paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
 
paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
dec 03, 2013

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
photo by jeroen musch
all images courtesy of paul de ruiter architects

 

 

 

an exercise in self-sufficiency, ‘villa kogelhof’ is an autonomous carbon-neutral dwelling located in noord-beveland in the netherlands. the paul de ruiter designed building is part of a protected 25 hectare plot, a popular tourist destination and home to a variety of rare animals and plant life. planning permission for the villa was only granted on the condition that the land was returned to its pre-agricultural state, consequently 71,000 trees have been planted across the vast site.

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
‘villa kogelhof’ has been designed to be entirely self-sufficient
photo by jeroen musch

 

 

 

the brief for the house was to create a simple, yet eye-catching structure which is entirely self reliant, heating its own water and recycling its own waste. the design is formed of two stacked cuboid volumes, one underground and the other a glass box floating above the landscape. the entrance to the property is found at the subterranean level of the scheme, where parking and storage spaces are housed alongside a bathroom and a workspace. above ground, open-plan living accommodation offers views across the landscape, with separate spaces allocated for the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms.

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
a pool stretches out perpendicularly from the property
photo by jeroen musch

 

 

 

ensuring a comfortable environment is achieved throughout the year, a ‘climate-façade’, comprises an outer layer of insulated glass with an inner layer of sun-reflecting fabric. the fabric can be lowered forming an air cavity through which the building’s air is recycled through a passive ventilation system. furthermore, a range stove is utilized to warm the home’s water, with all electricity generated from rooftop cells and a specially constructed windmill.

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
the glazed structure provides expansive views of the surrounding landscape
photo by jeroen musch

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
interior furnishings consist of pieces by le corbusier and eileen grey
photo by jeroen musch

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
insulated glass ensures that a comfortable internal climate is achieved all year round
photo by jeroen musch

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
(left) glazed circulation area
(right) stairs leading to the workspace at the lower level of the dwelling
photos by jeroen musch

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
entry to the building is found at the underground level
photo by jeroen musch

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
all electricity used by the ‘villa kogelhof’ is generated by rooftop cells and a specially constructed windmill
photo by jeroen musch

 

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof
the design is part of a protected 25 hectare plot home to a variety of rare animals and plant life
photo by jeroen musch

 

paul de ruiter elevates carbon neutral villa kogelhof

 

project info:

 

location: noord-beveland, the netherlands
program: extremely energy-efficient, luxury villa
gross floor area: 715 sqm
volume: 2,400 sqm
construction: may 2009 – january 2013

 

landscape architect: bosch slabbers, middelburg
contractor: j. van der linde, goes
construction adviser: broersma bv
building physics adviser: smits van burgst
costing adviser: studio bouwhaven
installations: intec
glass engineering: si-x, benthuizen

  • ice ice baby

    Fatih
  • Are all those 6 cars (for only 4 persons) hybrid? 🙂

    Nikola
  • is it me or do the so called tolerant dutch practice an eminent sense of detachment in many of their architectural designs?

    peen
  • hotel lobby or home?

    ACT
  • There is a home like this in Fontana or San Bernardino, California built in the 50′ or 60s and its quite breathtaking. Im not saying they copied but the concept is old–and still good. I like it very much for its light and reduced obstructions.

    charlesv
  • energy neutral house with 6 cars in the basement ? Yeah, right….

    phijel
  • A carbon neutral villa with such a polluting car… Greenwashing !

    JMB
  • a home in the middle of nowhere can never be sustainable and definitely NOT self reliant. the fancy car on some of the pictures tells the real story: a home like this is highly dependent on car transport. or do they also plant their own food in the amazingly adequate climate of the netherlands? or produce their own soap, clothes etc.? how do they get to work? by walking? biking through the fields every morning? such a PR fairy tale.

    ntaj
  • cold like an iceberg …

    scandarelli
  • Carbon-neutral? I should co-co.
    Carbon-neutral in use perhaps, but not in manufacture.
    You cannot count carbon offset by planting a few,000 trees
    That’s what we call cheating.

    If they didn’t try to claim carbon-neutral, it would still be a very elegant building, and I hope they are trying to recover heat from the pool, pretty big heat-sink.

    mackenzie collins

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