The Villa 1 Home, designed by architecture firm Powerhouse Company, is a thoroughly modern home set in the woodlands of Holland. Standing in marked contrast to its natural surroundings, the transparent volume is a product of client demands reconciled with strict local zoning codes. Holland’s zoning forced Powerhouse to embed part of the house underground and position the airy upper portion above. The lower level contains the garage and bedrooms while the upper level contains public living spaces and additional bedrooms. Thanks to the private location, a majority of the home’s walls are glass, affording views of the forest. The view and solar orientation were major factors in determining the home’s design. Its solar orientation allows maximum sun exposure during the cold season and minimizes solar gain during the warm season. The interior of Villa 1 is a sparsely furnished environment punctuated by curved, wood-clad masses that house bathrooms and utilities.
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