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Striking Villa Naarden Is a Modernized Dutch Thatched House

We seem to have reached a point when traditional looks almost fresh and new again among the sea of uniform steel and glass. Such is the impression Villa Naarden leaves, at least from the first, less inquisitive glance. Perhaps, it is because of its sculptured thatched roof that you won’t see in most similar modern Dutch (or any other, for that matter) homes anymore. And yet it too hasn’t escaped modernity with its numerous steel-framed windows and wall-sized glass doors. Together, though, the two styles undeniably create something different, something as gorgeous as Villa Naarden.

DENOLDERVLEUGELS Architects & Associates carried out the project in full. It also included the design of its immediate landscapes filled with ornamental grasses and tall blooming plants (with a mission to deliver homes in their totality the architects offer services that cover everything from purchasing guidance to construction and interior design).

Villa in Naarden forest
Villa in Naarden forest
Beautiful facade shows a mix of modernity and tradition
Beautiful facade shows a mix of modernity and tradition

Villa’s exterior demonstrates a tasteful mix of materials and textures each bringing its own distinct style and aesthetic to the facade. There is white plaster and brick siding, black steel window frames and wooden paneling – all of which looks surprisingly organic under a sculptured thatched roof.

Open plan interiors of the villa welcome with a similar mix of modern and traditional elements as well as sunlit wooden stairs, spacious rooms, and cozy atmosphere. Multiple indoor and outdoor areas flow into each other offering open and half-open spaces where to sit back and enjoy the lively environment surrounding the carefully designed landscapes.

It certainly looks like no ordinary traditional Dutch thatched house or a modern steel framed glass box. (Photography by Michael van Oosten)

Villa Naarden

Double window and glass railings maximize natural light exposure
Double window and glass railings maximize natural light exposure
A sculptural thatched roof envelops every window detail
A sculptural thatched roof envelops every window detail
Villa addition shares the same style and aesthetic of the main building
Villa addition shares the same style and aesthetic with the main building
Ornamental grasses somehow emphasize a traditional thatched roof
Ornamental grasses somehow emphasize a traditional thatched roof
Partially disguised with tall blooming plants a seating area calls for some post-meal entertainment
Partially disguised with tall blooming plants a seating area calls for some post-meal entertainment
A stone-paved patio stands right in front of a dining room inviting to continue dinner in refreshing outdoors
A stone-paved patio stands right in front of a dining room inviting to continue dinner in refreshing outdoors
Tall blooming plants are perfect accents for extensive green lawns
Tall blooming plants are perfect accents for extensive green lawns
Impeccable roof detail
Impeccable roof detail
Covered wooden terrace fronts the main entrance
Covered wooden terrace fronts the main entrance
Terrace entrance from inside the house
Terrace entrance from inside the house
Indoor/outdoor spaces are tightly connected
Indoor/outdoor spaces are tightly connected
Vaulted ceilings visually enhance space
Vaulted ceilings visually enhance space
Traditional dinner table fit for big celebrations and extended family dinners
Traditional dinner table fit for big celebrations and extended family dinners
Functional lighting is fit for reading
Functional lighting is fit for reading
Living room is equipped for reading and communicating around a fireplace
Living room is equipped for reading and communicating around a fireplace
Sophisticated living decor includes a home library
Sophisticated living decor includes a home library
Wooden staircase plays nicely along wooden beams and flooring
Wooden staircase plays nicely along wooden beams and flooring
Flights of stairs connecting levels of living space
Flights of stairs connecting levels of living space
Skylight illuminates a high vaulted ceiling
Skylight illuminates a high vaulted ceiling
Wooden beams continue tradition inside the house
Wooden beams continue tradition inside the house
Green landscapes lend a picturesque
Green landscapes lend a picturesque
Villa extensions hide under a traditional sloping roof
Villa extensions hide under a traditional sloping roof

 

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