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.
On the inside the color palette is strictly neutral with features such as the brick accent wall section in the living room and the colorful pendant lights providing visual contrast. Passive heating and cooling techniques adequate ventilation and an uncomplicated floor plan combine to turn life at this contemporary Melbourne home into a relaxing and refreshing experience.
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!
It is the lower level that contains the new kitchen and dining space that are flooded with natural light thanks to the smart use of skylights and light tubes. The space under the staircase is also utilized to the hilt with a series of closed cabinets and a wine storage and display area that is both simple and elegant.
These generous outdoor spaces extend the indoor living area and create an opportunity for al fresco dining and living even while promising complete privacy. The presence of a hot tub that overlooks the waterways and minimal seating add to the opulence of the setting.
A cool and ingenious ‘glass joint’ connects the old timber structure with the new extension and both buildings seem to retain their individual style and aura even while interacting with one another in a seamless manner.
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.