contemporary house

Powerhouse Company, in partnership with RAU Architects, designed Villa L, a contemporary residence for a young family located in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Completed in 2012, Villa L is set in the woods of central Netherlands, fully oriented towards the sun and the views on the garden. Villa L is a spatially diverse residence where every floor has its own strong identity, creating a broad spatial spectrum within a unified whole.

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Villa L by Powerhouse Company and RAU:

A young family desires a house that is full of paradoxes: simple yet surprising, open yet specific, minimal yet luxurious.

With a maximum buildable envelope of three layers, including one subterranean, we resolved this paradox with a concept that is based on a radical differentiation of spatial experiences and characters per floor. A house designed for the hectics of an evolving family – united yet fragmented, plural yet whole.

Powerhouse Company, responsible for the design, resolved these contradictions with a house based on a radical differentiation of spatial experiences on three floors (of which one is subterranean). RAU embedded the sustainable strategy for the villa in the design.


Photos by Christian van der Kooy


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