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The starting point of this minimalist home is an optimal relationship between man and nature. This can literally be seen in the shape of the house; through its 115° angle, the building embraces its surroundings. This angle also ensures that the plot is used optimally and gives the illusion that the house has its back turned to the road, creating privacy. This clearly shows how the architecture is influenced by its surroundings.
The design of this house originated from a minimalist point of view where simplicity and elegance are key. The house consists of three floors where there is a clear connection between the ground and first floor. The entire facade is finished with subtle hand-baked clay bricks.
The minimalist glass detail is an extraordinary addition to the already very minimalist architecture. By raising the window to the roof trim, the building blends in with nature exceptionally well. The glass reflects the forest and by raising this reflection to the roof trim, the window almost disappears. Additionally, the entire window frame is concealed behind the hand baked clay bricks, making the design even more subtle.
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The minimalist details in the exterior are continued in the interior. Subtle details, such as the concealed window frames used in the exterior, now return in the interior. The material usage is reduced to four main textures, concrete, wood, white stucco and glass. By limiting the amount of materials used, the interior creates a calm atmosphere, reflecting natures serenity. From the interior, the forest is framed beautifully by the minimalist architecture, fading in the background while nature takes center stage.
The light grey Petersen Tegl bricks are essential to the architecture of this design. Its horizontality emphasises the horizontal nature of the building. As stated in the introduction, the horizontal architecture harmonizes with nature’s verticality especially well. The black wooden vertical elements juxtaposes this horizontality, but in doing so establishes a connection with nature. Both the material usage and orientation of these elements give a nod to nature.
The concrete base of the building serves as the canvas of this composition. Its calm nature allows the light grey Petersen Tegl bricks and black wooden elements to take center stage.
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