Glass Villa on the lake by Mecanoo Architects  

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Location: Coln Park. Claydon Pike. London Road, Lechlade, United Kingdom
Size: 600 m2
Year: 2018
Programme: 600 m2 three-storey house with one level below water with cinema, games/bar area, wellness/spa area, 80 m2 roof terrace and 176 m2 ground floor terrace



Architects: Mecanoo Architects

Design Team: Mecanoo, Arquitectura y Ordenación Urbana S.L. AOU SL, Boheme Development S.L.

Photography: mariashot.photo, Blue Sky Images



The guiding design principle was to create a house that combines transparency with sustainability, forging a strong relationship between the villa and the landscape. The harmony between landscape and interior, architecture and nature, was a key design determinant, particularly regarding sight lines, materials, colours, and lighting.

The house is designed from inside out, creating uninterrupted views to the surrounding nature while providing shelter and intimacy. All these aspects work together to ensure the house’s sense of timelessness. The villa is situated in a green oasis of trees and plants that hide the house from view.

Water plants along the water line alternate with stepping stones that lead to other parts of the garden. On the water side, the villa has an optimal view over the lake. Terraces on two different levels connect the villa to both the land and the water, anchoring the house in nature and giving it a welcoming presence.

Glass corner windows in the living room, kitchen and other rooms, make the residents feel like they live on the water. Between the house and the adjacent plot, a hilly finger of land with tall trees ensures privacy. By curving the bridge that connects the villa to the main road, the row of trees remains intact. This further increases the sense of privacy and blocks disturbing lights from the traffic.

Interior elements such as the fireplace and storage cupboards, divide the house into different places, creating more intimate and private areas within the large transparent volume. In the heart of the house, a full-height void connects all levels and creates another series of diagonal and vertical sight lines.

The staircase sews all the rooms together into one interior space. The central atrium brings abundant daylight into the sunken basement and connects the interior to the roof terrace. From the roof terrace, one can enjoy panoramic views as if floating quietly over the expanse of the lake.

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Mecanoo Architects


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

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Mecanoo HQ

Oude Delft 203, 2611 HD Delft, The Netherlands
Postbus 3277, 2601 DG Delft, The Netherlands

+31 15 2798100
info@mecanoo.nl

Mecanoo New York office

120 Broadway, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10271, United States

+1 917 979 6442

Mecanoo Asia office

Warehouse 292, No.449-1, Nanjing Rd., Fengshan Dist., Kaohsiung City 83079, Taiwan, 83079高雄市鳳山區南京路449之1號292棟

+886 7 7635763 ext. 323


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Villa 4.0 by Mecanoo Architects


Programme: Fourth time renovation of an originally 1967 villa.

Location: Hilversum, Netherlands
Size: 542 m2

Year: 2011



Awards

BNA Project of 2012


Architects: Mecanoo Architects
Design Team: Dick van Gameren in collaboration with IDing Interior Design and Michael van Gessel Landscape

Photography: © Pedro Kok



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.

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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


CONTACT

Mecanoo HQ

Oude Delft 203, 2611 HD Delft, The Netherlands
Postbus 3277, 2601 DG Delft, The Netherlands

+31 15 2798100
info@mecanoo.nl

Mecanoo London office

Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JL, United Kingdom

+44 740 8808462
info@mecanoo.nl


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