Nicole Jewell

Architecten CSK's Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

by , 12/06/13


architectencsk, villa k, bergen, netherlands, energy efficiency, energy neutral, sustainable building, sustainable building materials

The two story villa, which is almost 50 meters long and 19 meters wide, is built on one of the many historic beach ridges located in Bergen. While most private development projects in the area try to eliminate this hilly terrain underneath, Architecten CSK took a different route and built the Villa K design on top of the ridges, strategically working the uneven surface into the structure’s beautiful design. Both ends of the home sit on top of the two ridges, which allowed the architects to tilt both ends upwards in order to receive optimal natural light. The building has various heights throughout and an undulating concrete roof, adding to the design’s impressive fluidity. The result is a beautifully elongated home that “floats” in cohesion with its surroundings.

The living space in the Villa K has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an office with separate entrance and a three-car garage.  Reinforced concrete was used as the base of the structure to give the building sufficient energy mass. The interior is almost completely comprised of glass and vertical oak panels. The curved glass panels are made up of a sandwich construction of less than 80 millimeters extra clear float glass, which was chosen for its ability to achieve a higher energy performance. In fact, Villa K is an energy neutral construction, heated and cooled with a heat pump. A moss-sedum roof was installed to aid in the reduction and discharge of rain water and additionally helps to insulate the home.

+ ARCHITECTEN CSK

Via Architecture Lab

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