Energy Neutral House With Minimalist Design And Style

Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects is located in Thuringia, Germany. It is an energy neutral house that tends to make the most of its southern exposure each from the standpoint of sun exposure and panoramic views of the site’;s cascading hillside. Paul de Ruiter Architects designed Villa K with a minimalist aesthetic but nevertheless managed to produce a lot of drama by the inclusion of a swimming pool that extends into the footprint of the minimalist design and style.

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The swimming pool slices via the home’;s terrace, dividing it completely in two but a removable bridged platform connects the two halves although offering a entertaining place to sit and get pleasure from the views whilst dangling feet into the water beneath.

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Paul de Ruiter Architects took advantage of the steep slope and developed the residence with a large section of it incorporated into the hillside thereby not only using the south orientation for passive heating but also the moderation of the earth itself for passive heating in the winter and cooling in the summer season.

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Villa K creates its personal power through solar cells incorporated into the living roof design and from a solar deck that covers the swimming pool.

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Sun exposure is maximized via the huge expanses of glazings on the south side of the property.

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A vegetable garden and fruit trees have been integrated in the landscape style.

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The property is U shaped and the entrance is in the elbow of the U. The north portion of the U is exactly where the 6 auto garage, pantry, technical and hunting rooms are positioned.

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The foyer leads north to the garage and south to the social zone exactly where it is in direct alignment with the swimming pool.


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The social zone is an open floor program that maximizes the views. On either side of the kitchen, dining and living space are bedrooms, the master suite is on the east and two Murphy beds are on the west.

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The terrace is U shaped, wrapping about the sides of the home.

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A void in the roof is positioned straight over the swimming pool.

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All the glazings are on tracks that enable them to be slid and stacked out of the way, generating a seamless transition from indoors to outside.

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The pool bridge is practically indistinguishable from the terrace itself, making one continuous visual, but the bridge can be lifted and removed when its time to swim laps.

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The roof of Villa K is an alternating pattern of solar cells and moss or sedums that assist cool the house in the course of the heat of the summer.

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Villa K has been made to incorporate beneath floor heating and a heat pump is utilized to cool the property in the course of the summer season and retain warmth in the winter. A laptop method is utilized to regulate the heating and cooling systems.

Paul de Ruiter Architects
Photography by Pieters Kers and Patrick Voigt.

Self-enough properties are becoming a lot more and more typical, in fact you can even have a certified self adequate property that is not just for power conservation, but also for a healthier living atmosphere.