Paul de Ruiter

Villa A.

Sustainable house in the forest

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Paul de Ruiter Architects was commissioned to design an ecological home in the dunes of Heemstede/Aerdenhout. The result is Villa A.: an energy-neutral villa that embraces the ecological Natura2000 structure.

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Respect for nature

The house consists of two layers; one layer above ground, and one layer buried in the landscape. This - without compromising on living comfort - minimizes the impact on the natural environment. The above-ground volume even has a buckled accolade shape so as not to restrict the growth of two large flying pines. And to add to the balance between living and nature, this section "floats" above ground level with a large overhang at both ends. To support biodiversity, nesting facilities for birds, bats, and bees have been placed around and on the villa. The biodiverse green roof provides rainwater collection and infiltration, as well as cooling.

Blending into the landscape

Under the overhang, you enter a spacious, transparent entrance hall. From here a floating staircase leads to the first floor: the living area of the villa. Here you will find a spacious living room, a centrally located kitchen with a dining area, an office, and a master bedroom with a bathroom. Due to the buckled shape of the living floor plan, there is a different view of the surrounding nature from each room. Because this living layer floats slightly above ground level, it creates a special perspective, as if you are living among the tree trunks and are part of the forest.

In the underground layer of the house are located several bedrooms with bathrooms and you will find the installation room and storage room. The spaces are characterized by tightly cast-in-place walls, floors, and ceilings. The omission of additional finishing here ensures that only materials that are actually needed are used. The various interior elements are made of oak.

The reflective glass facade of the villa reflects the green landscape, creating an exciting interplay of lines. The building is completely embedded in the landscape: the sloping surroundings seem to fold around the house and embrace it. This also applies to the spacious terrace with a swimming pool and the access road, which are constructed from the same materials and shapes as the house.
By adding an awning edge at the top as well as the bottom of the floating volume, the villa appears to be detached from its surroundings.

Self-sufficient house

The villa is equipped with a heat pump and has a green vegetation roof covered with solar cells that provide the house with energy. The green roof also collects and infiltrates rainwater and provides cooling. Because the lower layer of the villa is embedded in the body of the ground, there is little energy loss. During construction, nitrogen-free construction was carried out using primarily electric construction equipment.

Project details


Name and location Municipality of Bloemendaal
Total floor area 330m2
Start of design 2019
Start of construction 2020
Completion 2022


Client Private owned
Project architect Paul de Ruiter & Martijn van Gameren
Project team Sylvia Hendriks, Jolien Bruin
Contractor Aannemersbedrijf Van der Worp
Construction consultant Bureau Broersma Ingenieurs en Bouwadvies
Structural engineering Healthy Buildings
Landscape architect Bart Hoes
Garden design De Kunst van het Scheppen
Installations Burg Installatietechniek
Interior builder Sintenie Meubel- en Interieurbouw
Kitchen Eginstill
Photography Tim van de Velde

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