Pool that Seems to Float Above a Hill: Zero-Energy, Minimalist Villa K


Minimal design is inherently eco-friendly as it eliminates clutter and unnecessary use of natural resources. But the stunning Villa K in Thuringia, Germany takes the idea of minimalism and sustainability to a whole new level with its ultra-sleek design that is draped in a cloak of energy-neutral features. Nestled atop a hill and overlooking a breathtaking landscape, the striking contemporary home stands out visually from the front even as its green roof allows it to blend into the natural landscape. And seeming to float over the hillside is the amazing pool that also comes with a cool solar deck covering!


Amazing design of the pool seems to cantilever above the hill slope to create a stunning visual


View of the pool and the road leading to beautiful Villa K in lush green landscape

Minimalist villa overlooks stunning forest landscape and natural greenery

Design of pool interesects with that of the contemporary home

Modern minimal villa in Germany where the pool intersects with the house

Contemporary swimming pool with solar deck at exquisite German villa

Kartell Mademoiselle chair with colorful fabric in the dining space

Eames lounger in the living room with stunning view

Swimming pool ventures into the interior of the home

Interior of the minimal German villa with neutral hues and pops of bright colors

Clean lines and minimal design of Villa K

Lighting adds to the beauty and brilliance of the minimal house

Stunning minimalist villa in Thuringia, Germany with sustainable design

Designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects, the creative private residence is craft in just glass, steel and concrete and the focus here is firmly on the view outside rather than the décor indoors. Minimalism at Villa K does not feel sterile as it is the scenery that surrounds this unique home that adds color and personality while the structure itself acts as a beautiful blank canvas. The spectacular pool intersects with the house and stretches into the living area with a wonderful, U-shaped deck offering plenty of space to for outdoor parties and a relaxing sojourn.


View of the pool and the road leading to beautiful Villa K in lush green landscape


Minimalist villa overlooks stunning forest landscape and natural greenery


Design of pool interesects with that of the contemporary home


Modern minimal villa in Germany where the pool intersects with the house


Contemporary swimming pool with solar deck at exquisite German villa

The solar panel-clad green roof provides all the energy necessary for the villa even as a smart heat exchange system, ample natural light and energy-saving fixtures turn it into a smart, zero-energy residence. With an open plan living and bedrooms neatly tucked away to offer ample privacy, this is a exquisite villa that combines style, sustainability and dramatic façade. [Photography: Pieters Kers & Patrick Voigt]


Kartell Mademoiselle chair with colorful fabric in the dining space


Eames lounger in the living room with stunning view


Swimming pool ventures into the interior of the home


Interior of the minimal German villa with neutral hues and pops of bright colors

A heat exchanger implemented in the villa collects this warm and cold air and transports it to the heat pump. The heat pump stores cold air to cool in the summer and saves warm air to heat the house during winter times. This system is connected to a cooling ceiling and underfloor heating, which guarantees a comfortable living climate…


Clean lines and minimal design of Villa K


Lighting adds to the beauty and brilliance of the minimal house


Stunning minimalist villa in Thuringia, Germany with sustainable design


Floor plan of the minimal villa in Thuringia, Germany by Paul de Ruiter Architects

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