People have a tendency to slap the “James Bond” label on anything cool and upscale like Villa Kogellhof (present company included). But realistically speaking, if we take into consideration who the James Bond character really is at his core – i.e. MI6 intelligence officer required to travel the world for most of the year, maintain very few personal attachments, favouring bare-bone basic functionality over niceties – what would his pad actually resemble?
Next to zero furnishings with a spartan interior, perhaps… coldly modern through and through… a statement-making structure with a view, of course… in the current era, maybe even carbon-neutral and self-sustaining? All this makes a pretty compelling case for Villa Kogellhof qualifying as the definitive Bond residence.
Built upon farmland purchased in the Netherlands circa 2006 and officially completed in 2013, Villa Kogellhof is essentially a floating glass box with one half elevated above ground and the other beneath a pool. The brief provided to Amsterdam-based firm – Paul de Ruiter Architects – was simple: design a modern home that remains comfortable all year round despite the climate while “surpassing” expectations in terms of sustainability, allowing it to embrace its ecological environment.
“It was an important wish from our client to create a simple, abstract, yet spectacular villa,” notes Paul de Ruiter Architects.
“The result is a composition – consisting of two square stacked volumes.”
Offering an abundance of open and uninterrupted living space (sans load-bearing columns), Villa Kogellhof holds three bedrooms, an undisclosed amount of bathrooms “at each end of every level”, all partitioned by glass doors, walls, and so forth on the upper level. Below ground, you’ll find a sprawling 6-car garage and office/workspace – which is accompanied by an expansive picture window overlooking an artificial lake and the flat Duch landscape.
In terms of the whole sustainability aspect, this definitive Bond residence features a specially engineered ventilation system which doesn’t just rely on the old AC, water roof which harnesses the power of sunlight to illuminate the basement without electricity, as well as generating its own power using the standard solar cells and windmills. A staggering total of 71,000 trees has also been planted on the property to be used for both pellet heating and privacy. Now that’s efficiency.
Find out more about Villa Kogellhof by Paul de Reiter Architects below.