Project: Villa SR
Architect: Reitsema Architects and Partners
Location: Rijssen, the Netherlands
Area: 1,722 sf
Photo by: Luuk Kramer, Ronald Tilleman
Villa SR by Reitsema and Partners Architects
Project Villa SR is a beautiful and modern residence designed in the Dutch city of Rijssen. With less than 2,000 square feet of living space, this residence fits in confidently in the surrounding natural landscape. In fact, it is one aspect of design, to make it capture the natural scenery around it but also make it look like it belongs there.
When older houses are preserved, often because they are recyclable. They have high ceilings, daylight, large rooms and wide doors. But there is one more important reason why we did not destroy it. We love them, because the architecture is good and made of beautiful materials. Defend your home, or make a new one with high long-term value, and you make your home more environmentally friendly.
Clients, a married couple in their fifties whose children have left home, initially felt that their Villa on the newly acquired dream site in Rijssen must be 350 m2. However, after brainstorming the initial design, their first decision was to halve the desired size of the house. With a concise arrangement, priority can be given to good materials and energy saving solutions in the number of square meters.
Designed to face the beautiful scenery, Villa SR simply and naturally captures the landscape as a large picture frame. He did so, not only for the inhabitants, but also for people passing by, connecting the surrounding landscape with their surroundings.
Overhangs provide shady summer terraces throughout the house. The second terrace on the terrace behind the brick façade is ideal for breakfast in the morning. Carport levels form an ideal additional night terrace. Sliding doors make it possible to close the space from the streets, while providing protection from the wind.
By involving construction engineers who were at a very early stage, the design team succeeded in ensuring maximum transparency to the landscape. Only three 100 mm walls and three 60 mm diameter chrome columns support the concrete roof. Offering open floor plans, wide doors and maximum daylight, building flexibility is optimized.
Asking brick suppliers to add yellow clay and to burn bricks that are very close to the fire, we can create a wealth of colors and the occasional glass effect, offering new interpretations of local products.
Driven by design, father and son – both experienced carpenters – built their own villa. They are personally committed to carrying out highly accurate executions while inspiring collaborators to further improve their performance.
Sustainable Work Aspects
Energetic, by combining compact set-up with high-quality thermal insulation, including a green roof, heat pump, low temperature floor heating system, cooling ceiling and solar panels, energy consumption is minimized. At the same time, choosing a well-designed solution enables design optimization to be such that almost no waste is generated during the construction process
Socially, culturally, Villa’s relationship with the landscape, both in organization and in materialization, has proven to play an exemplary role for the same location. Offering landscape views, Villa forms add quality to public spaces in the surrounding environment. Designed and built cooperatively by clients, their intensive involvement ensures that the details are of high quality and are built very precisely.
Economically, the project’s long-term cost-scope design strategy, makes Villa SR an example of sustainable architectural inspiration, also in terms of feasibility.
–Reitsema Architects and Partners