When it comes to marrying a traditional house-building style with the luxurious elements expected of any high quality modern home, there can be few better examples than Villa Rotonda.
Architect brothers Pieter and Thomas Bedaux designed the property – in Goirle, in the south of The Netherlands – to feel contemporary and, at the same time, part of an established school of house building.
To achieve their aims – and to meet with local planning laws – the brothers adopted a rural styling for the street side of the house. Then, at the rear, they put in place state-of-the-art aluminium windows to open up almost every room with great big views of the garden.
Roadside, the property seems like a simple variation on a typical Dutch country home, with a pitched slate roof and grey brick walls. On the garden side, the story could not be more different. The rear façade is almost completely transparent, linking the open-plan living area to the deep, lush garden beyond.
The designers insisted the home’s vast windows and sliding doors were fitted with hidden vents, and operated automatically, so the property could draw in the daylight while retaining a high level of comfort and a sleek minimalist edge.
This home may be positioned next to a road, but with clever design closing off the front of the house, its residents can luxuriate in the private and light open living at the rear.