Contemporary house in Maarssen, The Netherlands


Close to a lake in protected Randstad nature reserve, in a cul-de-sac with mainly rural houses, stands a striking villa with an industrial look. The design is a modern statement in the rural environment appropriate to the wishes of the residents.


We opted for an industrial construction method, matching the residents' demand for a modern style and construction method. The question was how to make maximum volume as efficiently as possible. We used a steel skeleton, filled in with inner walls of wood frame construction. 


The main volume is a basic form, with additional volume on the ground floor by a glass corridor, among other things. This leads to separate rooms, so you can retreat if you want. We designed everything so that the sight lines are as optimal as possible. From every corner of the villa you have a beautiful view, partly thanks to the generous glass walls and large open spaces.


For the finish of the villa, we used a profiled metal roof combined with gray eternite panels for the ground floor, which have the appearance of sturdy concrete. The bonded eternite panels also form a long wall on the plot in line with the villa, ensuring the desired privacy for the residents.


The finish inside has been kept as honest and rough as possible, you can see that in the concrete floors and ceilings. Everything that is not necessary, we don't do, was the starting point. The walls, for example, are not plastered, but finished with white coated plywood panels to make a very honest house, without wanting to polish everything away. 


The second floor is the domain of the parents with a master bedroom, two study rooms and a bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower and double sink. On the second floor, their two children both have a room and a shared bathroom. The interior of the upper floors is in the same atmosphere as downstairs: industrial with a rough finish, black rafters, white walls and lots of natural light. Only the washrooms have a white epoxy floor. The rest of the floors, and the ceilings, are visibly concrete.


A significant part of the garden consists of the spacious swimming pond. The impressive swimming pond is about 18 wide, 40 meters long and 1.80 meters deep, and has a corten steel rim. The excavated earth was used on the side of the main road for a green wall, which not only provides the necessary security but also privacy and a green view. 


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