The most ecological villa in Europe
• The most ecological villa in Europe
Villa Kogelhof (Kogelhof) in the Netherlands is not only one of the most spectacular architectural projects in Europe, but also the most ecological. The original structure, which is more like an abstract sculpture or even a futuristic mysterious object has been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in contemporary architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.
The ecological concept of building this beautiful villa called for its full autonomy. Villa for your own needs using energy generated by windmills and solar panels located on the roof. The heat provided by the combustion of biomass in a special furnace and the waste is recycled.
Kogelhof Villa located in the village Kamperland. It was built as part of the Dutch government program, whose aim is to promote the restoration and preservation of ecological zones in the country.
The land on which the villa Kogelhof, is a protected area. But the villa is separated from the protected area. Looking at the house, it seems that it hovers in the air, and barely relies on thin legs.
The villa is protected by Lake Veere, where rare species of animals and unique plants grow.
The resolution on the construction of the villa, in 2006, the investor has received in exchange for the reclamation of land and its recovery from the damage caused by modern agriculture.
One of the points of the agreement on the construction of houses has also been planting about 71 thousand trees.
The trees have already been planted, and on an area of 25 hectares has been dug (about 70 thousand cubic meters of earth) rectangular pond, which is now full of fish.
The building fits perfectly into the local landscape, and it does not pollute the environment.
The main idea of the concept of construction of the villa Kogelhof that develops architects studio "Paul de Ruiter Architects" from Amsterdam, was to create a project completely self-contained house in such a desolate place. And they do it perfectly, the house itself heats, produces electricity and recycles waste. Just the perfect, smart house.
The idea of the autonomy of the villa has been dictated by the fact that the village Kamperland, where it was built, is located on the island, most of which - it is arable land and wind "farms". On the island of only 2000 people live.
Amazing house built largely of glass and consists of two layers that respond to climate change.
From the outside - the house is made of special insulated glass and the inside - of the light reflective fabric. Between it and the glass is going to warm sunlight, which is used to heat your home with a special ventilation system
Despite the fact that the house looks almost transparent, his owners do not need to worry about prying or nosy neighbors. The house is located in the heart of the site, and to get into it, you need to go by car at least 10 minutes.
The area of this unique home is over 700 square meters. The house has an underground entrance, there is parking for 6 cars and tractors, workshop, wine cellar and utility rooms.
Only a few living spaces - kitchen, bedroom and bathroom - were made of milky glass. The floor in the building is covered with a white epoxy resin. Villa Kogelhof, because of its uniqueness, has already won several architectural awards. Now it also has a chance at one of the most prestigious awards in contemporary architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.