Dune Villa, Netherlands

Hilberinckbosch architects was asked by the clients to design a residential dwelling that made optimum use of the individuality of the plot of land. This connection with the location was the most important element for creating an image of the project "Duinvilla“. Various parts of the villa face an open area in and on a dune.

Concrete was the main material to be used in this project. The choice of colour for the concrete used drew its inspiration from the colour of the sand in the surrounding dunes. All of the concrete was to be poured seamlessly in one piece as part of the work. The structural walls were butt-jointed and clad with unjointed thin stone in lengths of up to one metre. The floors were in the same colour concrete, finished in different ways, varying from a rough sanded finish to a highly polished sheen, depending on the space. In some areas, the internal and external areas were connected by concrete paving.

HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary Mebin produced and supplied concrete on-site in a very wide palette of colours. Close collaboration between architect, ready-mixed concrete producer, and the company carrying out the work was essential if the desired result was to be achieved. To handle this project, the architect approached Mebin to develop and supply a composition of concrete in a specific colour. Using a natural stone tile with a marked portion for the colour and a handful of sand from the location as reference material, Mebin developed various samples. The final colour was established based on these samples. Mebin remained on-site to act as adviser and supervisor.

This project was entered for the Concrete Awards 2015 in the category for residential dwellings. The Concrete Awards recognise projects that are a fine example of the creative, outstanding and meaningful use of concrete as a building material.

Further information (Dutch)

1581 Utrechtse Heuvelrug