Hill House by 123DV

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Hill House by 123DV

The Netherlands-based practice 123DV have designed a drive-in hillside home in The Hague. The home is partly buried in the hill and is located in a residential neighborhood, among classical and exuberant villas. Here is a description from the architects, “The clients wanted to live on three separate levels. They also wanted an abstract, modern, smooth design. The plateaus descend in stages: a bedroom area, a kitchen and dining area, and a living area. The entrance to the house, a concealed second living-room, a fitness room, and the storage area, are underground. The timbered bottom floor functions as an ample canopy beneath which two cars can be parked.

Hill House by 123DV

Lines of sight are a recurrent theme in 123DV’s designs. Thus, it is possible to look far into the distance from unexpected places. From the staircase, for instance, towards the light. This creates a sense of spaciousness, although the building itself is fairly compact. To separate the living area from the kitchen, while preserving an open atmosphere, it was decided to introduce a fireplace. It is an unexpectedly bold element, not overly integrated into the surroundings, and precisely for that reason it becomes the center of the space.”

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Photography: Christian Richters


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