House As A Rock

View all 17 Photos

house-as-a-rock-gessato-19

Designed with a sculptural appearance and inspired by the shape of a rock, this striking home makes a lasting impression but looks completely in its element among sand dunes on the coast of The Netherlands. The owners hired Global Architects, an architecture practice based in The Hague, to build a modern, creative and minimalist home filled with natural light and plenty of open spaces. Since local building requirements called for the use of a gable roof and a gutter height of maximum six meters, the studio designed the house to fulfill both the clients’ brief and urban architecture legislation. The result is a distinct structure full of character. Each side of House as a Rock is different; on the eastern side, the roof was raised just one meter above the ground level and features a cut-out section, while in the southwest the structure rises up to six meters in height. The southern facade is open to the natural landscape via larger windows that provide great views of the water and sand dunes.

The interior is as creative as the exterior, as light, views and space are optimized and windows of different sizes frame the landscape, maximizing natural light. On the ground floor, the open plan living room with a double-height ceiling is connected to the kitchen area to form a large socializing space; concrete and wooden stairs lead to the more private upper levels, where bedrooms, offices and an art studio are located. Natural stone, sand-colored bricks, timber, steel, concrete, and glass are used in a perfect balance throughout; neutral colors and bright white walls create the ideal display space for the artworks created by the clients. But this house is not merely a gorgeous example of modern architecture, it’s also built with integrated eco-friendly features that transform it from a gray sculpture into a green home. Photography by Mirko Merchiori.

house-as-a-rock-gessato-1

house-as-a-rock-gessato-3

house-as-a-rock-gessato-10

house-as-a-rock-gessato-5

house-as-a-rock-gessato-6

house-as-a-rock-gessato-12

house-as-a-rock-gessato-18

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • The Soori Bali Resort

    A tranquil resort in Bali with private beach. Built on the south-western coast of Bali,…

  • Villa Castelluccio

    A 1920s countryside villa transformed into a gorgeous retreat. Nestled among old olive trees in…

  • The Sacromonte Landscape Hotel

    Prefab guests suites designed to offer an immersive hotel experience. Built on a vineyard plot…

  • Zallinger Refuge

    A thoughtful renovation and expansion of historical buildings in the Alps. Dating back to the…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(171415)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • Woodstock Vermont Farm

    A refined contemporary take on rural architecture. Located in Woodstock, Vermont, this minimalist farmhouse and…

  • The Centennial

    A thoughtfully designed house extension that features a play on contrasts. Designed by Canadian firm…

  • Hudson Valley House II

    A creatively designed residence that features several cabins arranged around a garden. Nestled in Upstate…

  • House for L&D

    An elegant extension and interior redesign focused on welcoming nature inside living spaces. Located in…

  • Palomba House

    A beautiful house that offers both complete privacy and a connection to nature. Located in…

  • Pleated House

    A house extension designed with a distinctive folded roof. Located in Highett in Victoria, Australia,…

  • GR House By Paulo Martins

    A contemporary house design that focuses on privacy and creating serene interior spaces. Designed by…

  • The Shaw Mesa Residence

    A dark wood house that overlooks the Rockies in a breathtaking landscape in Idaho. Built…

  • The Black House

    A compact wood house that maximizes comfort with an ingenious layout. Built alongside a family…

  • Résidence Le Nid

    A contemporary house filled with the magic of a breathtaking landscape. Located in Cap-aux-Corbeaux, Québec,…