Glass countryside home with a sweet sustainable side

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Netherlands architecture firm 123DV designed this contemporary glass house, aptly dubbed the Bridge House. Set in the countryside, the ultra modern linear silhouette is a far cry from its timber-framed farmhouse neighbors. Inside and out, this look is clean and contemporary, and another interesting feature is one you can't see outright - it's self sustaining! Here's the grand tour.

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This hilltop house was designed as a glass-enclosed bridge of sorts, stretching across a dip in the hill which reveals a below-grade level with walkout access to the outdoors.

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As you enter this unusual home, bright interiors and a sleek aesthetic are a sharp contrast to the rustic park-like setting.

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Interiors echo the crisp, clean facade with glass walls and a modern, minimalist aesthetic. Though light and airy, and very simple, the style is decidedly decadent. An elegant marble floor is cream colored and streaked with caramel veins - simply delicious! The few carefully considered art pieces and furnishings create striking focal points without competing with the view. Pristine pastoral vistas are visible from every point in this home.

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A glass-enclosed staircase leads you up to the home's second level, past a stunning suspended chandelier that is indeed like modern art in itself.

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Perhaps some of the most notable features of the house are those you can't see at first glance. Totally self-sufficient, this house can run off the grid without skipping a beat, thanks to technologies like a private well supplying the home's water, solar panels, roof and in-floor heating through thermal energy storage, a rainwater-recycling system, septic tank, shielded power cables, and heat mirror glass that keeps interiors comfortable by blocking out excess heat. Now, that's cool!

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123DV
Photo credit: Christiaan de Bruijne

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Posted on January 15, 2013 1:19 PM

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