Villa Rijpwetering is all about relaxed Dutch living at its elegant best with the lavish house opening up towards the water views outside thanks to the large glass façade. An expansive wooden deck and series of terraces connect the home with the boat docks and the dwelling seems to gently float above the water when viewed from a distance.
As is the norm in most contemporary homes it is the ground level that holds the open living area kitchen dining room and the home office while the basement contains the wine room bedroom and other utility areas. The master bedroom and bathroom along with three additional bedrooms sit on the top level and enjoy lovely views of the garden and the landscape beyond.
The distribution of the apartments across the four levels was done by placing one on the first floor while two duplex apartments occupy the second and third floors. A fourth apartment is accommodated on the top level with each individual apartment having its own outdoor lounge and porch that extends the living area outside.
The desire for a home that creates spaces that encourage interaction between family members can be seen in homeowners across the globe. While the 90s saw a trend in which people turned towards more individualized and private ‘cubicles’ that has definitely shifted toward a love for more ‘social spaces’ in the last decade.
The wooden staircase acts as a spatial feature by separating the kids’ wing of the home from the adult bedroom on the top level while adding sculptural beauty to the open living area on the ground floor. The stairwell also brings natural light to the basement level and acts as a common connecting thread between the various floors.
On the outside a distinctive aluminum trellis provides shade to those on the terraces and also ushers in cool geometric contrast. With an amazing infinity-edge pool and outdoor lounge this is one Texas home where opulence and ergonomics come together with unrivaled panache.
On the inside the picture changes dramatically with the more inviting oak ceiling and floors creating a relaxing atmosphere for the entire family while a cozy upholstered nook next to the fireplace and the large dining area create a generous social zone. A perfect contemporary hangout full of light!