We turn to the Paul de Ruiter Architects studio for an excellent example of a sustainable family home. The Dutch outfit has just designed and built Villa K in Germany, a commission which, above all else, sought a discreet result integrated in the natural environment.
And that is what they got: a clean and transparent south-facing parallelepiped body carefully positioned on the hillside to make it possible to project from under the large base platform a body perpendicular to it which houses the pool. Behind it, another body lies flat against the hillside itself and contains, in a more closed fashion, the installations, i.e., a storage area and a spacious garage with room for six cars.
The materials were chosen with care. The glass of the main volume helps make the body disappear into the setting, as it reflects the sky and forest that can be seen from all around. In addition to eliminating the feeling of a built volume, it provides for stunning views across the valley both from the inside and from the terrace which runs the length of the property from east to west. This large terrace is broken in the middle by a partially covered atrium cutting the house from north to south and marking the access and connection between the home and the service spaces below the hill.