Designed by dutch architect and researcher Paul de Ruiter and his team, Villa Kogelhof is a truly remarkable building. It consists of two parts: residential space and underground. While the first holds volumes for the living room, the kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom and a patio, the latter includes the entrance, parking, storage and a study which offers a spectacular view over the pool and surroundings. Rooms and facilities are located in an oblong glass box that seems to be floating above ground. In reality, it is supported by a seemingly rachitic steel V-frame. Building is an extremely modern and minimalistic piece of architecture that, paradoxically, fits the raw and open space of the landscape very well.
What makes Villa Kogelhof even more special, is the fact that it is largely self-sufficient. Paul de Ruiter, the author and also a prominent researcher in the field of energy efficient buildings, designed the villa to be comfortable and safe without significant impact on the environment and economy. With PV-cells installed on the roof, biomass pellet stove and windmill planned to be added in the future, the house can produce its own energy to heat water and recycle the garbage. Moreover, thanks to state-of-art technology such as sun-reflecting fabric and insulated glass, Villa Kagelhof has its own central heating system that extracts the air from the inside and creates an air cavity.
Due to environmentally friendly and distinctive design, Villa Kagelhof was awarded with a number of prestigious architecture awards. Given its advancement and natural, internal beauty, it certainly deserved them all.