Today’s dream home showcases a fascinating minimalist style imagined by Rotterdam-based Powerhouse Company for a home built within one of Netherlands man-made forests. As Powerhouse Company’s first project, this home was inspired by the site and “the clients’ paradoxical desire to live “in a modern glass house with all the cosiness of an old farmhouse”, and by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and the work of Saarinen.” Named Villa 1, the home in Ede, a town in the province of Gelderland, the Netherlands, occupies a lot in a forest planted for commercial reasons in the 1950s. Within this man-made forest, the single story contemporary home rises no taller than three meters above ground, according to building regulations.
The Rotterdam-based studio designed this home backwards, with the bedrooms underground and living spaces upstairs. In order to help guide natural light deep within the home, architects camped 2 days on the site, observing the natural light paths in the area. Since the clients ” wanted their home to be open yet intimate; modern yet traditional; transparent yet protective; and tailor-made yet flexible”, the design team imagined a Y-shaped home forming three glazed wings.
The upper floor is occupied by the work wing, the cooking and dining wing and the living and painting wing. Underground, the master bedroom is sheltered in one of the wings, while the other two wings are split between the guest room and storage on one hand and the garage on the other.
Transparency, comfort and modern design define this stunning home and I’m sure you found something that popped out.