Villa Welpeloo: Out of the Ashes and into the Salvage Yard

Villa Welpeloo: Out of the Ashes and into the Salvage Yard

Bethany Seawright
Jan 25, 2011

Cable reels, broken umbrellas, and old billboards…these are the things that dream homes are made of… Well, they are if you're Tjibbe Knol and Ingrid Blans of Enschede, the Netherlands, and your architects are 2012 Architects — the undisputed masters of recycling, reusing and reinventing.

A modern composition of volumes, the form of this Dutch house belies its origin and unorthodox material use.

First, there's the site — razed by a horrible fireworks factory explosion ten years ago. Then, there are the clients; avid art and antique collectors, emotionally connected to this part of the country, and deeply respectful of the provenance of the pieces with which they surround themselves. Lastly, there's the architects — acutely committed to "superuse" and the value that locally sourced scrap materials bring to a project. Taken together, you have the perfect storm of imaginative sustainable design — design that uses available resources as the impetus for construction, but that never, ever skimps on the aesthetic result.

For more images and information about this great project, visit Harvest Boon | Dwell.

Images: Mark Seelen

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