Villa 4.0 by Dick van Gameren Architecten
Villa 4.0 was a simple bungalow dating from 1967 completely remodeled in 2011 by Dick van Gameren Architecten and transformed into a contemporary villa. It is located in ‘t Gooi, Hilversum, The Netherlands.
Description by Dick van Gameren Architecten:
“A simple bungalow dating from 1967 on a hexagonal ground plan had been radically altered and modificated through the years.
Although this had made the house bigger, it had also become increasin¬gly inward-looking. The expanding wings were steadily enclosing the heart of the house with the hall and living quarters, and direct contact between the house and the magni¬ficent surroundings was largely lost. The original detailing and material form were consistently adhered to du¬ring all previous interventions but the result was now thoroughly outmoded and of a poor technical quality. The house has now been given its fourth look.
The principle guiding this most recent intervention being to create a house that is much more sustainable and able to reinstate the lost relation¬ship between it and the landscape.
There has been kept as close as pos¬sible to preserving the existing house, which gave the first step towards a sustainable end-result. Taking the exi¬sting structure as the basis, the outer walls and roofs were modernized by adding insulation and replacing all windows and larger areas of glazing. The walls in the central section of the house were removed to create a new living hall looking out onto the sur¬roundings on four sides. In addition, the physical bond between house and landscape has been consolidated by an all-glass pavilion attached to the li¬ving hall that reaches out to the brook flowing past the house.”
Photography by Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld