Project: Cloud 9 Villa
Location: The Netherlands
Area: 5,564 sq ft
Photographs by: Hennie Raaymakers
Cloud 9 Villa by 123DV
The Cloud 9 Villa is located at the foot of the Kennemer Dunes near a national park in The Netherlands. It is designed by 123DV as a private residence that is geared to take full benefit of the sandy and forested landscape.
The modern home spans across three stories where the lowest floor conceals a garage and a mechanical room. The ground level shelters the kitchen, living and dining rooms while the bedrooms are located on the last floor.
In order to make the residence fit in with its surroundings, its exterior is made of natural materials that match the dune environment.
From the architects: “The exterior walls of the house are executed in natural materials such as stone and timber panels, reflecting the natural atmosphere of the surrounding landscape. The facade of the upper floor is cladded with timber panels, which are extended across the windows, resembling external Venetian blinds, providing more privacy where it is requested. To maximize openness to the garden, the living area is executed with a great deal of glass. Several free standing stone-clad elements provide the family with the privacy they desire. These have been designed to allow morning, afternoon, and evening sun to enter the house.”
Custom-made furniture offers quality time at different moments of the day throughout the villa:
· a lazy lounge chair with a fireplace as well as a television, all placed inside a freeshaped hole in a playful cupboard, located strategically between the kitchen and the living room
· an extendable table, ready for both quick breakfasts or convivial dinners
· a bath with seating area for 2 persons or children and an intimate shower with a view towards the garden
All the rooms are designed to let in the sunlight deep into the interior. For hot summers hidden electric screens and shutters and custom designed wooden shutters provide the necessary shelter or privacy. Heating, light, alarm, audio, shutters: all systems are iPhone controlled.”