An award-winning Dutch dwelling with zero carbon footprint
Villa Kugelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects is a self-sufficient, carbon-neutral home that has won the prestigious Dutch ARC13 Architecture Award as well as a FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Award in the Sustainable Development and Residential (Low Rise) category. Situated in Noord-Beveland in the southerwestern Netherlands, the residence is located on 25 hectares of protected land that is home to an ecosystem of rare animals and plant life. Permission to construct the residence was contingent upon the restoration of the land to its pre-agricultural state. 71,000 trees had already been planted across the vast site
To achieve energy independence, the entire structure was considered. The architects used a climate-façade consisting of an outer layer of insulated glass and an inner layer of sun-reflecting fabric that can be lifted and lowered as needed. An air cavity that is formed when the fabric is lowered serves for a central ventilation system. Photovoltaic cells on the roof are used to create energy in conjunction with a planned windmill. Water will be heated using a biomass pellet stove, powered by wood out of the estate’s private forest.