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Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter

  • 01:00 - 26 February, 2009
Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter
Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter

Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter +18

  • Location

    Veenendaal, The Netherlands
  • Architect

    Paul de Ruiter
  • Project Architect

    Paul de Ruiter
  • Project Team

    Sander van Veen, Helga Traksel
  • Advisor Construction

    Van Kessel & Janssen bv
  • Contractor

    Bouwbedrijf Valleibouw
  • Site Area

    1,232 sqm
  • Area

    277.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Villa Berkel in Veenendaal (Netherlands) is built on a site formerly occupied by a bungalow dating from the nineteen seventies. The owners wanted to remodel the bungalow, but decided on the advice of Paul de Ruiter to demolish the bungalow and make room for a completely new design.


The woods around the villa are dark, which means it is important to ensure that as much light can enter the house as possible. However, the more glass is used in a building, the more difficult it is to maintain the dividing line between inside and outside, private and public. Therefore the building plot is divided into three long strips at right angles to the road. The bottom and southernmost strip is reserved for the garden, the middle strip contains the villa itself and the most northern strip offers access to the house: this is where the drive, parking space and the entrance are located. This layout of the site means that those parts of the house that the residents prefer to keep private are out of sight.


The layout of the site is repeated in the floor plan of the house. This is also divided into three strips over the 30-metre length of the villa. To ensure both openness and liveability, the floor plan is split. The eastern section, at the street side, contains the more ‘public' functions: the entrance, study, kitchen and living; while the western section, furthest removed from the street, is reserved for the more intimate activities: a corridor that acts as TV lounge, the bedrooms and the bathroom. This means that the character of the functions gradually becomes more intimate. Each function has its own zone within the house, which can be cut off by means of translucent sliding walls.


To create openness and lightness and tot give the residents the feeling living outside in the green, the house is entirely oriented to the secluded garden at the south. Every room in the villa looks directly out on to this garden, because three of the four façades are made of glass.

The spacious wooden terrace forms a room outdoors, partly covered by a wooden awning supported by steel brackets that taper upwards. This gives it the appearance of floating above the ground. Ponds have been laid on both sides of the villa, so that the house here, too, appears to be raised above ground level, emphasising the lightness of the building.

Cite: "Villa Berkel / Paul de Ruiter" 26 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Eli Halifax · February 23, 2013

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Henk Hoogeveen · May 18, 2012

Vanmiddag bezoekje aan mooiste huis #Veenendaal. Villa Berkel, ontwerp Paul de Ruiter: Ook #DvdA!

Aman Playboy · March 05, 2012

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klaudia rrozhani · April 04, 2011

shume e bukur, bravo architect Paul de Ruiter.LOL

klaudia rrozhani · April 04, 2011

most bautiful,good architect Paul de Ruiter.LOL

mrfrenandez · September 01, 2010

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Peter · September 24, 2009

Mies Van Der Rohe influence...

Love it!

Dani · August 03, 2010 01:48 AM

Definately reminds me of Mies's Farnsworth House!

sirisha bysani · July 16, 2009

i really love to live in this house ...

margarita · April 16, 2009

Does someone know the manufacture of the outdoor bathtub? Amazing....

pedja · March 06, 2009

really great!!! bravo.....i wouldn't go out of that bathroom :)

José Rambla · March 02, 2009

Felicidades, me ha gustado mucho la simplicidad de las lineas, y la decoración. Especialmente la integración de la vivienda con el entorno. El jardín se integra a la casa. El aprovechamiento de la luz natural. Fantastica!!!!

reny · March 02, 2009

This residence is beautiful, loved it. Wish we could have such bathrms.

Just a doubt, The house being raised by half a foot like that , though it looks beatiful, a floating effect, doesn't it provide a hide out for small creepy crawlies of the forest.

fendismiso · February 28, 2009

not maintrance sorry?I mean entrance~

fendismiso · February 28, 2009

But I think the restroom is not enough for people living in the house? There are only two?one in the main bedroom(which may not allow guest to use for privacy)?and the other is in the maintrance(which is bot conienvent for people in the livingroom to use cause it is too far)

Ricko · February 27, 2009

The exterior bathtub scares the hell out of me! What if those joints fail and the cap smashes on the heads of people inside, leaving them unconscious and they drown? what if a serial-killer sneaks behind it and close it while you're there?... never mind... it's cool. Maybe I'm just watching too many movies :)

richie · February 27, 2009

I like the kitchen and the axis from the entrance to there.This volume that configures the pantry at the acces and then the stair to end in the kitchen is very well resolved.

temple · February 27, 2009

very good architecture!

temple · February 27, 2009

Rohe not dead!!!!! :)

sgurin · February 27, 2009

?????????? ???. ????????????. Beautiful house

TokyoMB · February 27, 2009

As Mike says, they make the difficult look easy here. In some ways reminds me of - which is still one of my all time favourites of this genre.

Lio Collection · February 27, 2009

Nice solution for dark garden,ca be used olso for tropical garden.

CapreeK · February 27, 2009

Wow, this home is amazing! There is such a sense of tranquility, even in the photos. Everything seems so balanced! Perfect. I wish it was mine. :D

John Pelley · February 27, 2009

Absolutely beautiful. F L Wright would have loved it.

Contemporary Art · February 27, 2009

Gorgeous. I really admire good single-story homes like this.

mike · February 26, 2009


i disagree - they are making it look easy

One · February 26, 2009

You do not have to be too creative to do this... Is this good or bad? For sure it is not bad.

hannah j · February 26, 2009

What a BEAUTIFUL house!!!=D


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