Lifestyle

This Energy Efficient Dutch Villa Is Fit For A Bond Villain

Perched on a swath of protected former farm land on the southern coast of the Netherlands, Villa Kogelhof is a stunningly simple and abstract modern country getaway complete with an entire wing built underground. Villain lair mode: engaged.

The whole compound was engineered to be entirely self-sufficient. It generates energy via solar panels (and a forthcoming windmill), is warmed with a biomass fuel stove, and employs a special standalone recycling system for waste and water.

Inside it's broken up into two distinct living areas. The open concept "floating glass box" elevated above ground houses the kitchen, living room, bathrooms, bedrooms, and patio, all of which have their own panoramic view of the newly planted 71,000 trees on the property. Underground, which is accessible via a sloping driveway, there's room for parking, storage, and a large workspace that looks out over the long pond out front.


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