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Villa BW establishes a strong connection with the landscape


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The naturally sloping landscape embraces Villa BW, with a building volume characterised by a double-curved roof coupled with an unmistakable expression of the facade. The twisting roof is created as a result of two overlapping shapes. A gable roof is designed on the dune-side, also characteristic of the street scene on the Oorsprongweg. In contrast, a horizontal roofline is designed for the polder-side.

The villa is constructed over three floors, with an additional level within the hood of the roof. Due to the natural course of the terrain and the replenishment of an embankment as a continuation of the dune landscape, the ground floor and basement level at -1 have a direct relationship with the surroundings. Facing southeast the connection with the landscape alongside the sloped garden is enhanced by enclosing two voids with a curtain wall system.

The strong connection between the landscape and the house translates into the expression of the facade and roof cladding with the application of a single natural material, expressed through a custom ceramic tile covering that wraps the entire building.

The façade is clad with bespoke glazed tiles, in five different color tones which are applied on four different tiles sizes (110, 180, 240, 290 x52mm). To avoid frost damage, the tiles are glued with a specially developed glue on a distance, 5mm, from several EPDM waterproofing layers. There is no grout applied to the seams, to create a ventilated façade system. This allows rainwater to flow freely behind the tiles all the way down to the surrounding landscape or to the concealed gutter around the roof cutout to prevent staining of the curtain wall facades. The façade is the result of a close collaboration between designers, consultants (structure, MEP, building physics), manufacturers and applicators.

The façade’s colour and appearance plays a part in the transition from dune to polder landscape. The monolithic presence of the building volume is accentuated through the sloping roof surfaces and exterior walls. These are covered with tiles of the same continuous material - multicoloured glazed ceramic tiles. The hue of these tiles forms a coherent whole, making a connection and blending the building into the transformative landscape. Colour use is consistent with the shades of the environment, ensuring that the villa is absorbed in the changing terrain. The dune and polder landscape in various seasons is mirrored in the design’s colour spectrum consisting of 5 shades of grey, green and blue. The glaze of the tiles is vibrant, glossy and has an iridescent effect, creating a pearlescent appearance on the tiles, also influencing the incidence of light on the appearance of the facade and roof. The interplay of different colour shades delivers a varied, multicoloured, natural façade and roof. To prevent repetition and flattening, there is sufficient variation. The mix of shades and the light conditions make the villa look different every time, resulting in a unique striking home.

The exact ratio of various multicoloured tiles was thoroughly studied through sampling. The enamel study was assessed on-site, based on colours, textures and degrees of gloss, using different light conditions.

"Mecanoo delivered a unique design that responds in a contemporary way with a very special ceramic tile that wraps the villa like a monolithic carved volume. More like an artistic expression, the villa's skin and volume adapt to the sloping terrain surrounded by the dune landscape characterize this villa in Schoorl" - Client (private)


 the Netherlands
 Primary residence
 308 mq
 De Nijs & Zonen
 Van Rossum Raadgevend Ingenieurs, Hiensch Engineering, Blonk Advies, Tjaden Adviesbureau, Planontwikkeling CJV
 Ossip Architectuurfotografie


Mecanoo, officially founded in Delft in 1984, is made up of a highly multidisciplinary staff of creative professionals from 25 countries. The team includes architects, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects as well as architectural technicians and support staff.

Mecanoo has extensive experience designing and realising exceptional buildings which serve client ambitions while creating vibrant end-user spaces. Each project responds to our philosophy of People, Place, Purpose, Poetry: to the client’s requirements and the user’s needs (People); the physical context, climate and culture (Place); and the current and predicted potential of a building’s function (Purpose), creating designs that touches all the senses (Poetry).

The result is unique solutions for each varying situation, in which the disciplines of architecture, urban planning, landscape and interior combine in a non-traditional way. Over the years we have learned that functions inevitably change.

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