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homify 360º: the Bridge House in Rotterdam

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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Upon viewing this house, the first thing everyone notices is how contemporary it is. However, the design is based on traditional Dutch mound construction. A mound means a hill artificially piled with earth that offers people protection from storm surges. Individual buildings and also entire communities can be found on a mound, depending on the size. Often the form of the mound is round or elongated. 

The house that we present to you today was built on two smaller mounds. The man-made hills do not protect against storm surges but are an important part of the design work and emphasize the unconventional shape. 

The spacious building was designed, planned and built by the Dutch architectural firm 123DV. They work on the principle of form following your identity. This means intensive discussions with the client to cater to their wishes as well as possible.

A house on a hill

The house was built on an artificial hill. Viewed from the side, the building looks as if it were built balanced over a narrow trench, giving it the name Bridge House. In fact, however, there is an additional structure between the two hills.

The building offers approximately 825 square meters and includes public and private living rooms, a dining room, a kitchen with a pantry, three bedrooms, a gym, a workshop and a wine cellar. The landscaping is also an important part of the design. In summer, the entire area is dotted with fresh, beautiful flowers.

At dusk

If you stand directly in front of the building, you have an extraordinary view of its form and structure. Large windows take advantage of the southern orientation, so plenty of natural light of natural light gets into the residence. At dusk, the unconventional shape of the building is particularly evident, as the volume seems to increase in the artificial indoor lighting.

Steps to the garden

A staircase leads to the 15-acre garden, which would perhaps be better called a park. At the side of the building, the cubist form dissolves and is broken up by a projecting roof. The result is a rectangular terrace, which offers protection from the elements on rainy days.


In all the living rooms there is a white marble floor, which gleams elegantly and blends in perfectly with the interior design concept. In front of the fireplace, which divides the room, are two L-shaped comfortable sofas. The arrangement of the seating area is oriented so that you can have a wide view of the green outdoors. In order to prevent cold feet, the house has, of course, a heated floor, which is operated by the storage of thermal energy. 

Next to the design, the ecological aspect of the home was very important to the builders. A special system prepares the rain water for reuse in the household. In addition, solar panels located on the roof of the house provide hot water.

Art collection

The design of the interior is very elegant and follows a clear pattern. The luxurious appearance is enhanced by the use of bright areas that make the already large room seem more spacious. In these images, we can clearly see the way the design highlights and is complimented by the home owners’ art collection, which gives a clear and unique aesthetic.  For example, over the long table extends an intricately designed pendant light that gives the impression of ice cubes stored in a gilded cage.

The staircase

The two floors of the home are connected with a beautiful staircase. A glass balustrade and a stainless steel handrail ensure safety. The steps themselves are a natural dark brown, a colour choice that sets them off from the otherwise bright environment. The minimalist chandelier completes this transition space.

The hallway

The second floor is meant to be more introverted, providing privacy. Central to the space is the wide hallway that extends along the entire length of the building. Skylights provide for additional natural light. Since this floor lacks the large windows of the lower storey, the skylights keep the area from feeling dark in comparison.

The bathroom

A tour of the house would not be complete without a look at this luxurious, comfy bathroom. An oval-shaped, free-standing bathtub is meant for a relaxing soak, the perfect way to end a day in this breathtaking home.

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