Dutch firm complete low cost, sustainable villa at scenic nature reserve
On the waterfront of nature reserve ‘The Lepelaarsplassen’ (Spoonbills lake) in Almere, the Netherlands, Architect Gideon Maasland from T.T.B. Duurzame Architectuur has constructed Villa L.
The fine proportions of this build are based on the Golden Section, giving the villa its harmonious look. The plastered main volume has been cut up by a wooden section. All service spaces are positioned in this central space, keeping the remaining areas free for multifunctional use. With 145 sq m and 500 cb m the villa is rather compact which aided the need to keep building costs to a minimum. Additionally the prefabrication of the timber frame elements contributed to low building costs of €205.000.
Gideon Maasland commented: “This villa is quite special. The proportions are really nice and the different spaces flow fluently from one to another. Due to various sustainability measures a very comfortable indoor climate has been achieved.”
Much emphasis has been placed on keeping Villa L as sustainable as possible. Calculations show that the energy used by the building is 55% lower than the current Dutch regulations require, which are among the toughest regulations in Europe. To achieve this, the villa has its own heat pump installation which not only supplies the heating and the warm water, but also deals with the ventilation. The timber frame elements with 35cm of insulation make it a highly insulated dwelling. The precise detailing and manufacturing keep the villa air tight, in order to prevent warm air leaking out.
The windy location at the edge of the lake makes wind turbines profitable. A small wind turbine has been installed on the roof of the villa, where Photo Voltaic panels have also been placed, giving the property its own electricity supply.