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Villa CG, New Enschede House
Contemporary Luxury Residence in Enschede, The Netherlands – design by Powerhouse Company
13 Sep 2016
Villa CG in Enschede
Design: Powerhouse Company, architects
Location: Enschede, The Netherlands
Powerhouse Company completes Villa CG
Villa CG is a family home in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede, close to the German border. The villa is located at the Museumlaan: a new, particularly special avenue reserved for designs by architects of national and international standing including SeARCH, Erick van Egeraat and Bolles+Wilson. The client, a couple with two children, commissioned Powerhouse Company in 2013 to design ‘the most beautiful house in the street’.
Villa CG is a two-storey home characterised by its horizontality. The design takes its cues from the surrounding low hedge to create a house that is about balance, symmetry and grace.
From the street, the house presents itself as a simple cube, clad in an unusually long, thin brick and divided vertically by a wide cantilevered floor slab. The front elevation is designed to be private and closed, with only the entrance door as a single opening.
At ground level at either end of the core, two full glass window bays contain the kitchen/dining room and a study/guest room. The glass facade wraps around the back to give the very private living room views over every aspect of the garden. On the ground floor, the exterior darkness of the bricks combines beautifully with American walnut veneer fittings.
The cube continues in the interior, shaped as furniture objects that define the living room and connect precisely with the brick exterior walls. The feeling of mass can further be found in the details of the house: the wood veneer is set around the corners of the kitchen and study room, to give the cube its thickness. Three walls of the living room are cladded with Earthcote, a claylike stucco. By combining the materials in such way, the cube’s interior and exterior can be read in a subtle way.
With two fully hidden sliding doors, the study and guest room can be closed off from the living room. The kitchen and living room are connected by a see-through fire place in one of the furniture elements.
An oak wood staircase winds up to the first floor underneath a large circular skylight. This floor is a cube in its most pure appearance: closed on three sides, while the three bedrooms have garden views through glass sliding doors that cover the full width of the rooms. The other spaces, like the bathroom and laundry room, receive daylight through large skylights.
The materials used in Villa CG are timeless and of a very high quality. The long, slim bricks give the cube a delicate and elegant level of detail. The color of the brick was selected very carefully in combination with the wood veneer of the interior. This, in combination with the translucent door that separates the entrance hall from the living room, the sand colored Earthcote wall cladding, light grey polyurethane floor and a variety of woods make the house appear dynamic yet harmonious.
New Villa in Enschede – Building Information
Location: Enschede, the Netherlands
Size: 240 m2
Architect: Powerhouse Company
Team: Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper, Ryanne Janssen, Stefan de Meijer, Donna van Milligen Bielke
Local architect: Van der Jeugd architecten
Structural Engineer: Breed Integrated Design
MEP advisor: Adviesbureau Dijkoraad-Wiecherink
MEP contractor: Mulder-Lammertink installatie
Interior: de stijl interieur & design
Images by Ossip van Duivenbode
Villa CG, New Enschede House images / information from Powerhouse Company
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