Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld

Architects: Studio Puisto Architects; Willem van Bolderen in cooperation with Bas van Bolderen
Project: Energy Efficient House, Huize Looveld
Location: Duiven, The Netherlands
Area: 210.0 sqm
Photography: Marc Goodwin

This project started with a fire. A centuries old family home in the Netherlands burned down in one night. When your house and possessions disappear, you are left without the things that make up your history and identity. You are left without a home.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 1

Though the fire was an undeniably negative experience for the clients, they saw it as an opportunity to finally have all the things the old house didn’t. They would get to start from scratch, and make the house of their dreams. It was our job to give focus on opportunities and all that positive energy, and in doing so make a new container for life.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 2

Spatial design
All that was left was the location and a few retaining walls. The clients decided against a replica of the original farmstead. Instead, they aspired for a contemporary, square-tube house where all the functions would be organized along a linear sequence. The tube developed into a knot, which engages better with the surrounding landscape by extending in every cardinal direction.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 3

For the interior the goal was a diverse but clear layout. The knot responds to this by separating the house into three distinct wings that come together in the heart of the house: the double-height dining room. The wings offer privacy and seclusion, but company is never far away.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 4

From the open living space the four main windows interact specifically with the landscape along each of the cardinal points. To the north a high window brings in the northern light. To the east a folded window embraces the enclosed garden. Towards the south a tube like window frames the view. To the west a huge window gives a panorama of the fields and the evening sun.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 5

Local building regulations required the house to fit into the environment. By default that meant that the structure should be similar to the historical white plastered architecture of the neighboring houses. We opted instead to blend the house with the natural environment surrounding it. The dark, stained, vertical boards of larch make the building disappear against a backdrop of trees. The new house embraces the landscape and makes interaction with the surroundings its most important asset -both outdoors and inside.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 6

Construction
A new house had to be constructed as quickly as possible. To speed up the construction process the house was designed in close cooperation with the main contractor. The wooden wall elements were CNC cut and prefabricated in Germany. From there they were transported to the Netherlands and erected in less than a week. All together the building process took eight months until the final moment when the clients could move in. The short construction time meant costs were considerably lower than with traditional building methods. This financial gain was reinvested in ambitious energy efficiency as well as a higher level of finishing and materials.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 7

Energy Efficient House
The house is designed to conserve as much energy as possible and has high levels of insulation combined with a heat recovery system. Solar thermal collectors and a heat accumulating wood stove serve as additional energy sources. Only during the coldest winter days will the house need an external heat source.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 8

Resurrection
This Energy Efficient House project was about breaking new ground, healing wounds, making a fresh start, collaboration, cooperation, listening, site-specific sensitivity, efficiency, cost effective design – in short, what we think architecture is about.

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 9

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 10

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 11

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 12

Energy Efficient House in the Netherlands: Huize Looveld 13

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Ganaraska House by Scott Posno Design

Located an hour east of Toronto, Ganaraska house occupies a 65-acre site amidst the peaceful green fields of this Southwestern Ontario agricultural region, adjacent to a large conservation forest.

Longitudinal House Built Between Two Party Walls

Architect: Josep Ferrando Bramona Architecture Project: Longitudinal House / Barcelona Photographs: Adrià Goula The historical quarter of Sant Cugat del Vallès, north of the city of Barcelona,...

One Level House in Mendoza That Combines Green Elements with Modern Ergonomics

The project is located in a suburban area of the city of Mendoza and is part of a reflection on isolated houses that we have been developing for some time. This one level house is organized on the ground floor and is articulated around a central courtyard ...

Old Carriage House Transformed into a Live-Work Studio

The Wells Fargo building, located in the Hamilton Park neighborhood in Jersey City, was built at the end of the 19th century as a stable for the company’s iconic stagecoach horses. Our clients, who are working artists, had acquired the double-height ground level space hoping to transform it into a live-work studio.