Ard de Vries Architecten is an architectural practice based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, founded by an architect Ard de Vries after gaining valuable experience at various studios.
Presented project, which was rewarded the Abe Bonnema Prize in 2016, is placed on a part of the exceptional Valkenberg Estate. Located in Twente, the Netherlands, the building lies on one the most beautiful sites of the country, in the middle of a pasture bordered by vibrant green forests and hedges. The client, who owns a dairy farm, have been living in this area for years. Considering the roots of the family’s traditions, the building was constructed taking their daily routines into account.
“In this way their everyday rituals that take place outside can pass directly into the family rituals that take place inside the house,” explained the architects. Taking advantage of the surrounding scenic views, the architects made sure to connect the building to the nature as much as possible. The expected effect was achieved by extensive windows, featured all over the house, stretching from the floor up to the ceiling. Using local, naturally grown raw materials, the studio was able to preserve the traditional value of the construction. The base of the house is made out of sandstones, which the family obtained from a demolished house, while the beautiful wood, used throughout the exterior and interior of the whole house, is made out of the surrounding oak trees. The truly stunning house is a manifestation of architectural competence and fresh thinking.