Villa Bussum

comfortably embedded in the landscape

The private residence is situated in a lush neighbourhood in Bussum, which  is known for its 19th century villas, designed in a vast array of revivalist styles. The design for the villa appears both modern and sculptural, and interacts in a natural way with its surroundings. By using slanting walls and roofs the abstract building volume feels comfortably embedded in the landscape. At the same time, the villas sculptural character ensures that it fits in with the neighbourhoods monumental, sometimes even frivolous 19th century villas.

The villas building type evolved from a simple rectangular volume, with a rotated pitched roof. Subsequently, segments were cut from this volume in order to create windows, terraces, balconies and entrances. A cut-out corner facing the street in front of the house clearly indicates the main entrance. On the eastern side of the villa, a secluded garden and a second entrance can be found. A comfortable porch and a 15 meter wide panorama window face the garden at the back of the house, and double up as a transition between the villa and the garden.

Both gardens in front and at the back of the house are linked to each other by a sloping path. This descending path extends itself to underneath the cantilevering villa, thereby providing access for the basement floor. Thus, the villa appears to be floating on air.





New build


Bussum, NL


280 sqm


Private residence

Start design

January 2006

Start construction

January 2007


July 2008



The makers of this project

Folkert van Hagen

Folkert van Hagen Architect | Partner

Jos Overmars

Jos Overmars Architectural engineer | Projectleader

Philip Vencken

Philip Vencken

Nolly Vos

Nolly Vos

Niclas Frenning

Niclas Frenning

Daniël Gijsbers

Daniël Gijsbers

Sander Peter Schuur

Sander Peter Schuur

Davide Tommaso Ferrando

Davide Tommaso Ferrando

External stakeholders

Installation advisor

Installatietechniek Coppens

Construction advice