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House L designed in accordance with its natural landscape

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Breda-based architectural practice, Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten, has designed the House L project. Located in Oosterhout, The Netherlands, the home was built in accordance with its natural landscape.

According to the architect: “The existing landscape, the orientation to the rural surroundings and the planning conditions were the deciding factors in the siting of the dwelling at the rear of the plot. The ground floor was raised with respect to the current ground level, with large glass surfaces positioned to look out over the rural landscape and terraces running the length of the building with an unbroken roof surface on corbelling, all of which allow the outer space to be experienced to the full. At the same time, the large roof projections are designed to prevent too much light entering the contemporary Dutch property.

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“The ground floor may be described as a single, open space where the massive volumes and the project-oriented design of the interior provide a further connection with the outside. Interior design-wise it accommodates the primary living functions, with all rooms flowing seamlessly into one another. The annexe accommodates a number of ancillary functions, with the outdoor swimming pool housed in an extension. Both volumes are connected underground by a basement level in which the bedrooms and bathrooms are situated. Here too, the landscaping of the grounds and the large glass windows allow for outstanding views over the surrounding landscape. The office and playroom are sited in a separate basement area under the living space.

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“Vertical western red cedar boarding was chosen for the façade cladding, and the roof has a moss-sedum roof covering. The restrained detailing combined with the shape and the materials chosen give House L an ultra-modern appearance, but one that is entirely at home in its rural surroundings.”

Images courtesy of Marcel Briaire and Rene de Wit

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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December 26, 2013 | Property | View comments

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