Dutch Mountain is our first project, with which we started our previous studio, denieuwegeneratie, in 2008.
As a starting project, it has been an experiment in sustainable design on all aspects: landscape, building structure, energy, materials and user experience.
The main idea was to bury a house in an artificial mountain in the midst of an open space in the forest.
By closing it on the north side and opening up largely on the south side, the passive use of energy has been maximized.
The layout of the house is a simple open plan, an empty space in which the individual rooms are placed.
In the choice of materials, we have pushed for sustainable, local and/or reusable materials: wood from the surrounding forest, bio-based insulation, second hand plate steel.
Drawing attention since it has finished construction in 2010, it has been nominated for multiple awards and widely published internationally.
"The house is like a Murakami novel: an adventure without start nor end." - Jury report BNA gebouw van het jaar 2013.