When designing Villa Kogelhof was beginning autarky ambitious premise. The villa had to be completely neutral energy, including energy generation through its own windmill. At the same time, there was also the desire to combine simplicity and abstraction with a dramatic appearance. The result is a composite, constructed of two at right angles to each other stacked volumes: one mainly underground, the other floating above the ground level, a compromise glass box which is supported by a steel V-frame.

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Contrast

After about ten minutes on the estate, to the Villa Kogelhof of the driveway. Access is made by the garage, while a second entrance at ground level are included in the structural glass paw. In the underground part of the house are the garage (with space for six cars and a tractor), a storage room, a shower, toilet and a spacious office overlooking the water level of the pond. In the above-ground, floating part is inhabited. The plan is fully open with the long sides only some subtle secretions of space-ceiling glass doors. The floor contains separate volumes for bathroom, kitchen, sleeping quarters and a multipurpose room. The patio is on both sides of sliding doors which provide both the living room and bathroom on the patio are linked.

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Across the floor is made of white cast floor, the furniture includes design classics by Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray. The all-glass facade offers unobstructed views on all sides of the area. The natural setting contrasts in a fine way with the modern look of the villa, which refers to the Delta works with the Oosterschelde.

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Self-sufficient

One of the principles in the design of this luxury villa to translate into the happiness of independence. Own energy, water warming, recycle waste. You do not feel dependent on the whims of the energy and supply companies.

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Therefore Villa Kogelhof is energy neutral. The facade is contributing among other things to. The facade is designed as a climate facade, built from white insulation on the inside with 18 cm distance tinted cloth. When the cloth is lowered, forms between the glass cloth and a cavity, where the warm air is extracted via a centrally controlled ventilation system.

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The house is heated by means of a central heating in combination with an air heat pump. This is complemented by a pellet, which is wood fired recovered from their own forest. The electricity for the villa is generated by the photovoltaic cells on the roof and later by the own windmill. A licensing procedure for that is currently running.

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