This House Is Designed To Wrap Around A Single Olive Tree

Architecture firm MVRDV have recently completed Casa Kwantes, a house in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, that from the outside appears as a rectangular box, however the back of the house opens up to wrap around a mature olive tree.

Photography © Ossip van Duivenbode

 

Architecture firm MVRDV have recently completed Casa Kwantes, a house in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, that from the outside appears as a rectangular box, however the back of the house opens up to wrap around a mature olive tree.

 

The exterior of the house is made up of white bricks with minimal windows. The entrance to the home is tucked away within a small alcove.

The exterior of this modern house is made up of white bricks with minimal windows. The entrance to the home is tucked away within a small alcove.

Photography © Ossip van Duivenbode

Once inside the home, the entrance hall opens up to reveal floor-to-ceiling curved windows that follow the shape of the tree. Along a wall of wood cabinetry hides a bathroom.


Inside this modern house is an entrance hall that opens up to reveal floor-to-ceiling curved windows that follow the shape of the tree. Along a wall of wood cabinetry hides a bathroom.

Photography © Ossip van Duivenbode

Further along the wooden wall of cabinets is the kitchen, with a large island. Hidden lighting at the top of the cabinets provides a soft glow to the space.


In this modern house, a wall of wood cabinets turns into the kitchen, with a large island. Hidden lighting at the top of the cabinets provides a soft glow to the space.

Photography © Ossip van Duivenbode

The main floor is also home to the living room and library. Multiple doors open the interior of the home to the backyard.


The main floor of this modern house has floor-to-ceiling curved glass windows that flood the interior with natural light.

Photography © Ossip van Duivenbode

Here you can see how the exterior walls provide privacy, while the interior of the home is open to the backyard and both levels of the home have walls full of windows.


This modern house full of curved glass windows opens up to the backyard and curves around a mature olive tree.

Photography © Ossip van Duivenbode

Back inside and off the entryway are the stairs leading to the upper floor of the home.


Simple black steel stairs lead to the upper floor of this modern house, and are a strong contrast to the white walls of the home.

Photography © Ossip van Duivenbode

Upstairs, each bedroom opens up to the wraparound balcony and the windows flood the rooms with natural light.


The floor-to-ceiling curved glass windows and doors on the upper floor of this modern house open up to the wraparound balcony.

Photography © Ossip van Duivenbode

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