Villa L is located in a lushly wooded area near Amsterdam. The architectural expression is determined by the stacking of three large white slabs for two floors and a roof. The rooms are freely distributed over the two floors. Going up, the slabs, which end in sharps angles, decrease in size. Together with the gentle bend in the garden elevation, a subtle gesture to embrace the outdoor space, this adds to the dynamism of the composition.
The living room, dining area, and kitchen on the ground floor are entirely open to the garden. Supporting functions are grouped behind them, in a number of smaller rooms, each with their own atmosphere. Their warm dark tones of the wood contrast with the abstractness and whiteness of the living area.
The upper floor is designed as a village of wood-clad bungalows, each containing a bedroom, and circulation space around it. A basement contains a swimming pool, a wellness area and guest rooms. Large craters give direct access to the garden and flood the underground spaces with natural light.
Villa L is a hedonistic interpretation of white modernism. It achieves a balance between a strong identity, an abstract presence, sharply defined lines and maximum of freedom.
Villa L was designed by Charles Bessard and Nanne de Ru (Powerhouse Company NL)