A bungalow in Naarden built in 1967 was extended and transformed by Dick van Gameren into a contemporary villa. The visionary design led to a timeless house that reflects the personalities and needs of its owners. Previous renovations closed off the original heart of the house from the living space and entrance hall.
The renovation restores the relationship between the landscape and the house that had disappeared over the years. Sustainability also played an important role. This renovation marks the fourth version of the house. Using the existing structure as a basis, the elevations and roofs were updated.
Insulating materials were added and windows and facade elements were replaced. Removing the walls in the centre of the villa created space for a new living hall that overlooks the landscape on four sides.Two geometric roof constructions with skylights contribute to a spacious and light atmosphere. Adjacent to the living hall, a new glass pavilion extends towards the flowing stream. A fruitful collaboration with various partners ensured the sustainable ambitions of the house were fulfilled.
As part of the garden design by Michael van Gessel, felled trees from the site were stored as firewood for the ultra-efficient wood-burning stove in the kitchen.
A heat pump, solar water heating system and LED lighting address all other energy-intensive requirements such as the heating, cooling, hot water and electricity. IDing designed the timeless interior to echo the architecture.
Francine M. J. Houben Founding Partner/Creative Director
Dick van Gameren Design and Research Director/Partner
Friso van der Steen Technical Director
Peter Haasbroek Financial Director
Mecanoo architecten, officially founded in Delft in 1984, is made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of creative professionals from 25 countries. The team includes architects, engineers, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects and architectural technicians.
The company is led by creative director/founding partner, Francine Houben, design and research director/partner Dick van Gameren, technical director Friso van der Steen, and financial director Peter Haasbroek.
The extensive collective experience, gained over three decades, results in designs that are realised with technical expertise and great attention to detail. Mecanoo’s projects range from single houses to complete neighbourhoods and skyscrapers, cities and polders, schools, theatres and libraries, hotels, museums, and even a chapel. more
Oude Delft 203, 2611 HD Delft, The Netherlands
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Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JL, United Kingdom
American Architecture Prize 2016, honourable mention in Residential Architecture category
Golden Pencil 2013
International Architecture Awards 2012, The Chicago Athenaeum
AIT award 2012, 2nd prize in luxury living category
Architizer A+Award 2013, special mention in Single Family Home category
WAN House of the Year Award 2012, shortlisted
Windsurf sail designer Robert Stroj moves from Europe to Maui to lead the design research studio of Neil Pryde in Kahului, Maui. It is in the middle of the ocean, far away from almost everything. The home in such an environment becomes crucially important. Besides being just a home, this house also works as a social venue for the owners. Therefore the kitchen and the dining form the centre of the house. The concept defines several ’houses’ under a common roof. Each separate ‘mini house’ is a U-shaped volume in order to open up and frame the perfect ocean view. The houses are self-contained private units combining bedroom and bathroom as an en-suite double room. A fluid public space between enclosed private volumes serves for cooking, eating, lounging… The roof concept is strongly related to the rough climate, with lots of sun and strong ocean winds. The area of the roof is twice the size of the house, so the size of the covered outdoor space equals the size of the indoor space. It needs no air-conditioning, since it is cross ventilated throughout. The folded roof is carefully attached to the walls of the U-shaped volumes and defines specific spaces. It also serves as a folded wooden sky deck and materially and topologically integrates the house with the landscape. Only local materials are used for the finishing of the house.
Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti
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Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti
Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti was set up by Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič in 2003 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They both graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and continued studying at the Architectural Association in London, where they received Master degrees in Architecture, with Distinction, in 2002.
The work of Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti first received international attention with XXS house, and was awarded the Silver Plate, European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza, in 2004, and the WALLPAPER* award, Best breakthrough designers, in 2005. In 2009, the Metal recycling plant ODPAD was nominated and shortlisted for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2009, was awarded at the International Architecture Awards 2009, and won Plečnik’s Medal prize in Slovenia among others. In 2009 they also won the international 40 under 40 award from the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. In 2012 the Clifftop house on Maui received 2nd place at the AIT awards, in the Luxury Living category, and at the International Architecture Awards 2012. The same year the office was selected for a Highly Commended group of practices for ’21 for 21′ WAN AWARDS 2012 – searching for “21 architects for the 21st Century. The initiative aims to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st Century; outstanding, forward-thinking people and organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world.” Two of their projects, Housing Perovo and KSEVT (Cultural Centre of EU Space Technologies), were nominated for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2013. Recently, their latest finalized project: Compact Karst House, has been nominated for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2015.
Aljoša Dekleva, M.Arch (AA Dist), b.1972, Postojna, Slovenia, 1998 graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 Master degree in Architecture with Distinction, DRL, Architectural Association, London, UK. Since 2014 director of Architectural Association Visiting School Nanotourism. In 2014 he was guest professor at École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal, Canada. Currently, he is visiting professor at the l’ENSAPVS in Paris, France.
Tina Gregoric, M.Arch (AA Dist), b.1974, Kranj, Slovenia, 2000 graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 Master degree in Architecture with Distinction, DRL, Architectural Association, London, UK. From 2002 – 2004 a lecturer in architecture at the IGuW, Technische Univesitaet Graz, Austria. Since 2014 full-professor and Head of the Department for Building theory and Design, Institute of Architecture and Design, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Tina and Aljoša are also co-founders of RAMTV (www.ramtv.org) – an international architectural network formed in 2000 at the AA, London. RAMTV’s master thesis on mass-customisation in housing, ‘Negotiate my boundary!’, received international professional acclaim and was published as a book by Architectural Association Publications, 2002, London and re-issued by Birkhauser, 2006, Basel. (RAMTV are: Dekleva, Aljoša; Gatto, Manuela; Gregorič, Tina; Sedlak, Robert & Stroumpakos, Vasili)
They have been visiting lecturers and critics at the Architectural Association London, Technical University Graz Austria, University of Ljubljana, IUAV Venice, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, University of Napoli Italy, DWM Mexico and many others. They have also been running a Summer school studio at the Architectural Association, London and a workshop at CEDIM, Mexico. In 2014 Aljoša and Tina mentored a nanotourism design research group, which received the Best Collaboration Award at BIO 50 (24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia), for being an outstanding example of design ingenuity being used to reinvent and reinvigorate an important area of the Slovenian and other economies.
Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti
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AIA National Honor Awards for Architecture
2016 Honor Award
Awards: AIA Honor Awards for Washington
2012 Merit Award
AIA Design Awards Pacific Region
2012 Citation Award
Nestled into a forested slope along the eastern edge of the Case Inlet, this small retreat opens to a western view of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound. Anchored by a weathered cedar clad bedroom wing, a bold concrete cantilever projects the living and dining into the forest and toward the view.
An ipe deck slips from inside the kitchen into a meadow to the south, separated only by large sliding glass doors extending the sense of interior directly to the outdoors. A broad flat roof hovers high above the living spaces creating the feeling that one is sitting outdoors amidst the trees.
Smaller, thoughtfully placed apertures define the exterior of the bedroom volume, along with a single large opening belonging to the master bath to give the users a ritual of bathing within the forest. A balance of simple lines and rugged low maintenance materials, this modest retreat is a welcome sanctuary from the city.
A romantic beachside cottage is set into a rock escarpment in a tiny boulder strewn South Pacific cove. It is a shelter designed as a honeymoon retreat for paying guests consisting of just three rooms, a lobby, living/sleeping and a bathroom.
This retreat is built using all local materials and is constructed largely from rock quarried near its site with in-situ poured concrete floors and an earth turfed roof. The structure is integrated into the escarpment above to protect occupants from falling debris. The cottage is self-sustainable in respect to on-site water harvesting and wastewater treatment. The project incorporated an extensive reforestation and re-vegetation sub project.
Its plan is an interlocking geometry responding to both near views of the Bay and far views out to Rocky Spires. It is lined with horizontal macrocarpa wood. This timber forms integrated joinery, wall and ceiling panels behind double glazed low e-glass in storm and shatter proof steel mullions which utilise earthquake resistant sliding heads.
Andrew heads the conceptual design function of the practice.
In 1988 Andrew represented New Zealand at the New Breed Architectural Exhibition in Sydney and received his first National Award for Architecture in the same year. During his career he has won New Zealand National Awards for Architecture five times.
Andrew approaches people, architecture and the environment as interlinking identities underpinned by the assumption that if a building logically belongs in its ecology, both environment and social, then the people that use that Architecture will feel they belong there.
He is a vivid architectural storyteller with a passion for Maori history and mythology and is a great advocate for Architecture that responds to this history, the landscape and sense of place.
In May of 2012, Andrew was named by the world’s most searched architectural journal, London based World Architectural News, as one of five Architects “whose directional ideas are helping to shape the future of world Architecture”. This achievement is unprecedented in New Zealand’s creative community.
In the middle of the protected dune area of Bloemendaal, in park Brederode, we designed an energy-neutral villa complete with all the luxury and comfort. Maintaining the surrounding landscape was our starting point for the design. With as many natural materials as possible we built the house on a dune slope.
Absorbed in the environment
We came up with a design that perfectly adapts to its location. The first floor rises above the ground and the sloping landscape. The north and south façades consist of large sliding glass windows and French oak, and the other two façades are constructed of preserved Waxedwood. A large skylight in the center of the house guides daylight into the heart of the home.
“We used recycled wood from an old ship to build the entrance and the garage. ”
Efficient energy management
We organized a technical area in the garage where we placed a thermal storage system and installed the heat pump. On the roof we created an alternating pattern of moss sedum plants and solar panels to provide energy.
A wooden interior
Together with interior designer i29 we created a fluid connection between the exterior and he interior. Large surfaces of veneered plywood, used for walls, cupboards, beds and even for the fire place, connect various rooms in the villa to each other.
Paul de Ruiter Architects
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Paul de Ruiter Architects
Paul de Ruiter is an architect, entrepreneur, innovator and inspirator known for his sustainable, game changing architecture. De Ruiter has been contributing to the national and international debate about sustainability, CO2-neutral design and building certification methods. He is a frequently asked lecturer internationally, writes articles for professional journals and teaches at the Dutch Technical Universities.
De Ruiter completed his studies at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) in 1990, where he started his doctoral dissertation “The Chameleon Skin” in 1992. In his PhD research he argues that buildings should produce rather than consume energy. Before founding his own Amsterdam-based office in 1994 he worked at leading architectural offices in Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.
Sustainable design is part of Paul de Ruiter’s DNA. His buildings are designed to allow the façades to respond intelligently to sunlight, enabling to maximize energy gain and storage. This is what gives his architecture its unique, recognizable and innovative appeal. Many of these climate façades are developed by himself, as his motto is ‘practice what you preach’. Moreover, De Ruiter believes architecture should not only generate energy in technical terms, but also in terms of the human factor. Values like happiness and inspiration combined with measurable factors such as daylight optimization to make intelligent, sustainable buildings.
Project based on the concept of a transformable loft in a traditional apartment thanks to the “Daniela Scared” sliding panels in walnut, which can divide the individual rooms or, if left open, create a unique environment fully accessible with no doors or barriers.
The complete circumnavigation of the apartment around a central body, consisting of bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and laundry, allows panoramic views of the mountains and the Mole to be the main object of a scene made of glass and windows. The fully glazed living room is divided into three zones, zone sofa and dining area on the same level, while the TV area gets up to thirty inches on a wooden platform hosts a bookcase resting on the ground and through the use of cushions becomes a sofa to read books or watch TV in the underlying relaxation.
Steps in black American larch, stuck individually on the wall of the hall that leads to a loft consists of a second bedroom with cupboard with sliding doors in black sisal, and bathroom area.
The use of the resin in the floor stems from the desire to approach the concept of loft that makes all the objects resting on the floor neutral, predominant elements on the volume that contains them. Raised sleeping area by a collection of fifteen cm wall paneling always walnut by “Daniela Scared.”
Master bathroom with bath and sanitary area housed in a volume of natural oak and stone in which insinuates a shower of glass and resin. White lacquered kitchen through the hallway that connects to the dining table. All this surrounded by a beautiful terrace that surrounds the entire villa at 360 degrees.
“… In many of the architectural projects… his work with local stone is fundamental. The architect uses it in various ways- he manipulates it, cuts it or positions as it is- always with mastery and perfection, as the great builders of Mexico have done throughout the centuries as a people well versed in its handling. “I did my first house with lava stone in the Pedregal, neighborhood of San Angel”, DV comments. “They were stones from the same place. A construction that brought with it the history of Xitle through materials from a volcano that, thousand of years ago, filled southern Mexico City with lava. It was material underlying the building itself…”
“… On the other hand, we have here an architect who has always favored natural materials, especially those that are available locally. Stone and wood are thus granted preference, as well as elements from lesser category, in which the hands of artisans take on special significance; the whole, as always, having been judiciously designed and planned by Diego, himself…”
Louise Noelle Mereles
All images courtesy of Diego Villaseñor Arquitecto
DVA is formed by a team of professionals designers in architecture, urban design, landscape design and interior design.
Diego Villaseñor, founder and principal of the firm, was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and graduated at the National University of Mexico, founding his private practice in 1976.
Since then he has participated in more than 100 protects ranging from houses, tourism developments, hotels, all throughout Mexico, Latin America, United States, the Caribbean and the Persian Gulf. Although his well earned reputation for architecture in the seaside has made the firm a referent in the national context, he has developed work in such distinct contexts and with such conception of nature, architecture and landscape, that he has been invited to lecture in Mexico and Europe.
A dramatic upmarket private residence overlooking Clifton. The building is a highly engineered reinforced concrete structure with extensive cantilevers achieved with post tensioned beams.
Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl, Greg Truen, Phillippe Fouché, Mark Bullivant
SAOTA is a firm of architectural designers and technologists including in-house CGI and marketing teams, as well as a strong support staff. It is driven by the dynamic combination of Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl, Greg Truen, Phillippe Fouché and Mark Bullivant who share a potent vision easily distinguished in their design. This, paired with both an innovative and dedicated approach to the execution of projects, has seen SAOTA become internationally sought-after, receiving numerous awards and commendations from some of the most respected institutions worldwide. Capitalising on a unique understanding of an ever-evolving industry, SAOTA continues to build on past experiences and is well positioned to offer expert services to the corporate, institutional, commercial and residential marketplace. With roots in South Africa, SAOTA now has an international footprint with projects on five continents.