Dutch design studios Bedaux de Brouwer and i29 have blurred the boundaries between indoors and out at Outside In, an aptly named 400-square-meter villa for a family of four. Completed in September 2020, the luxury home makes a verdant green patio the heart of its living area and features expansive glazing all around to take in views of the surrounding garden. In addition to bringing nature indoors visually, the home also reduces its impact on the environment with energy-efficient technologies that include geothermal energy storage, a heat pump and rooftop solar panels. 

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A sleek one-story home with glazing and black bricks covering the facade. To the right is a garage with wood paneling and a car parked inside. In front of the home is a lush green lawn and garden.

A minimalist natural materials palette and restrained design approach define Outside In, a single-story family home wrapped in an all-black brick facade to make the building recede into the landscape. Large integrated planters with overflowing greenery sit just outside the front of the building to further soften the home’s appearance. In contrast, the interior is dominated by white walls and light-toned wood surfaces that bounce back the daylight that floods the home.

A view of large glazed exterior walls surrounded by lush greenery.

“With a purist design approach and modest materials, Bedaux de Brouwer and i29 designed a villa that has a luxurious quality, without being pretentious,” the designers explained in a press release. “The biggest quality of this house is the harmonious integration of interior and exterior to the smallest details.” Unity is also achieved indoors through the use of custom furnishings — from cabinetry and sliding doors to beds and wardrobes — all made from the same light-colored timber. 

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An interior hallway with light-colored wood accents and white walls. To the left is a kitchen area, and to the right is a fireplace. In the middle of the hallways is a large window showing a lush green garden outside.

The solar– and geothermal-powered home is divided into two main parts. A spacious living area houses a dining room and kitchen that wrap around a lush light-filled interior courtyard. Meanwhile, the private wing includes a master bedroom and two secondary bedrooms that face a walled-in swimming pool and garden.

A kitchen flanked on either side by large windows looking out onto greenery. The kitchen itself has a black island countertop with three black stools and a built-in sink. In the background are light-colored wood cabinets.

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Images: i29 / Ewout Huibers