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Villa BH / WHIM Architecture

  • 01:00 - 2 March, 2010
Villa BH / WHIM Architecture
Villa BH / WHIM Architecture, © Sylvia Alonso
© Sylvia Alonso

© Sylvia Alonso © Sylvia Alonso © Sylvia Alonso © Sylvia Alonso +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Burgh-Haamstede, Zeeland, the The Netherlands
  • Architects

    WHIM Architecture
  • Principal In Charge

    Ramon Knoester
  • Advisor

    Architechniek bouwkundige ingenieurs, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Contractor

    Verseput bouw- en milieutechniek, Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands
  • Site Area

    1,751 sqm
  • Area

    267.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Villa BH is a modern, (environment) friendly house with a remarkable experience of space, light and natural context. The villa is positioned on a rectangular plot of 35 x 50m, that is enclosed at 3 sides with similar plots and freestanding houses. On the back (North East) of the plot there’s an old embankment with several tall trees. From the living program; the kitchen, dining area and living are all orientated on this green scenery. Here the villa has a glass façade over 20 meters long.

© Sylvia Alonso
© Sylvia Alonso

Villa BH is inhabited by a couple 60+ of age. To optimize the accessibility of the house, all the program is situated on the ground floor around a patio. This enclosed outdoor space provides the owners the privacy they admired. As at the same time the patio makes the living area an enlightened space and gives it a façade to the South. The floor plan is very open and a concatenation of program. The specific form of the patio widens and narrows the interior space, making it a variety of areas. The façade of the patio is completely from glass panels, giving the villa great perspectives in its interior but also towards the context. From the main bedroom, that is opposite of the living, there is a layered see through towards the existing embankment with the several tall trees as a central focus point on the plot. The ceiling of the living area has an extra height in the shape of a sloped roof. The physical appearance of this area is very unique and highly qualitative. Lifting the roof in this area enlarges the perspectives, from all the different areas inside villa BH to the existing treetops, that give this plot it’s specific character.

© Sylvia Alonso
© Sylvia Alonso

The villa is designed as environmental friendly with extra insulated façades, roofs and floors. The roof is covered with sedum, that regulates the distribution of the rainwater gently. On the flat roof are 20 solar panels for electricity. A heat pump warms the floors in the winter and cools them in the summer with natural temperature differences retrieved deep in the ground. As an extra heating there are 2 fireplaces for wood, one in the living and one in the TV-room.

© Sylvia Alonso
© Sylvia Alonso

Villa BH is an environment friendly design that emphasizes the natural qualities of its context. The design is made over 2008-2009 by WHIM architecture. End of 2010 WHIM’s garden design will also be completely realized.

© Sylvia Alonso
© Sylvia Alonso
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Ramon · October 12, 2010

New photos of Villa BH on

tafelzoetstof · May 03, 2010
erik · March 04, 2010

mooi huis. waarom heeft het gebouw geen plat dak? vanwege bestemmingsplan?

mylafonseca · March 04, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten: I&#39d Live Here: Villa BH.

Sire Music Group · March 04, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten: I&#39d Live Here: Villa BH. yes looks very nice

Nicholas Patten · March 04, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Villa BH.

Home Decor News · March 03, 2010

Villa BH / WHIM Architecture

Panus D. · March 03, 2010

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SKINFLINT DESIGN · March 03, 2010

RT @jastrapko: Contemporary Villa with WHIMsical geometry: - students designing a house should see this...

Ma?gorzata · March 03, 2010

The house is interesting, but the bed is the best.

Jim Strapko · March 03, 2010

Contemporary Villa with WHIMsical geometry: - students designing a house should see this...

nindya · March 03, 2010

there is nothing funny here,the roof shape is blend perfectly with its neighbor. i think this is a beatiful house.

Teddy · March 03, 2010

The roofline makes me think of the stock market--it goes up and down but remains basically flat. All the finishes and the plan look great, but the image of the roof makes me laugh.


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