Welcome to our gallery featuring the striking G-House by Lab 32 Architecten.
This handsomely modern home was built on the Reeuwijkse pond in a small village in Netherlands.
In an area defined by narrow roads with detached homes, hovering on “islands” in the water, the location is a sumptuous experience of the intersection of natural environment and modern construction.
The clients have a lifelong love of the water, and the home itself is the culmination of their dream come true, evoking the nearby pond in its sumptuous curved glass.
The main elements of the design evoke the natural qualities of the surrounding environment and the relationship with the nearby water. It’s a timeless, relatively abstract design pulled together by a sense of minimalism and state of the art materials. The attention to detail is astounding.
The home was designed to be durable and safe for a lifetime, a relatively low maintenance construction that would provide the residents a home for years to come.
The home comprises a main structure with open vistas toward the water, plus a detached building that is basically a basement and guest house with double garage and a boathouse. The layout is determined by the location, with all focus going toward the lakeside vistas.
A major aspect of the design is the large curved glass surfaces that wrap the home. This creates an organic warmth that stands in contrast to the sharp minimalism of the overall design.
The orientation of the home keeps an eye toward privacy while retaining the expansive exterior views, with a more closed off design toward the road, while views toward the water remain defiantly open.
The innovative open plan design maintains a deep connection between indoors and out, making the landscape an integral part of daily life for the homeowners.
The house also features a deep integration of smart home automation. Central touch screens and remote controls in various rooms, in addition to mobile devices, control the various automated functions throughout the home. The villa is equipped with a geothermal heat pump and heating system that recovers warmth from the air, while a renewable underfloor heating system ensures a consistently pleasant climate throughout the year.
The facades and roof are highly isolated with large triple glazed glass surfaces for optimal insulation. Covered terraces and automatic sunroofs help keep a temperate climate indoors and out. Skylights are fitted with solar control glass to maintain consistent temperatures in each room as well.
Overall the structure begs comparison to a tailored suit, fitted for optimal comfort and style.
Photography: René de Wit
Here we see the home from the street view, a relatively private affair that’s accessed via a small wood bridge toward the “island” it’s built upon. The watery environment can be seen in the background.
The segmented nature of the home makes a perfect opportunity for this expansive patio, situated between the main building and the guest house/garage. A minimalist set of container gardens houses a series of small trees between the sleek white structures.
Moving inside the home, we see the expansive nature of the open-plan design, integrating various aspects of the home between the same set of walls. The wraparound glazing makes for a blurred boundary between indoors and out.
The kitchen is defined by this sleek white island and minimalist cabinetry, allowing for an abundance of storage to be hidden out of sight. The dining table is lit by a set of glass bulb pendant lights.
The living room introduces a blush of color to the interior, with a large red area rug holding the sleek leather sectional. From here, we see the expansive nature views afforded by the gently curved exterior glass.
On the lower level, we see large format tile flooring, more pure white walls, and glossy door surfaces. At the end of this hall we see the interior jacuzzi room.
This unique pool design is of-a-piece with the angular, sleek nature of the home itself, fitted directly into the floor without a discernible border. A massive, colorful work of art adorns the wall, bringing a blast of texture to the area.
This lower level room features a direct connection to the outdoors with a set of large windows overlooking a manmade slope in the landscape. To the left, through a glass divider, we see one of the many smart panels that control functions within the home.
Here’s a glimpse of the in-home sauna, wrapped in smoked glass and flush with rich wood paneling. It’s a rare burst of natural elements within the sleek modern structure.
The central hall in the home is flush with bright natural light, courtesy of massive skylights and an open design that allows light to scatter from one area to the next.
The bathroom is as sleek and minimalist as anywhere else within the home. A lengthy vanity features two stealthy sinks and a glass backsplash, with skylights above providing natural light.
Viewed from on the lake itself, we see the glowing interior through the completely open back side of the home. The living experience here is deeply integrated with the environment.
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