Exposed Concrete House With A See-Through Swimming Pool

There are two main defining elements for this house. One is the extensive use of concrete all throughout the building which is something that stands out right from the start. The other element is less obvious but equally important: water. The house has a see-through swimming pool on the second floor which is visible from the living room. It’s like a big living painting or a large aquarium  which is not something you see every day.

Villa 22º is a modern house built out of concrete, wood and glassView in gallery
Villa 22º is a modern house built out of concrete, wood and glass
The house is built into the hillside, becoming one with the slopeView in gallery
The house is built into the hillside, becoming one with the slope

The project is called Villa 22º and was completed in 2018 by Dreessen Willemse Architecten. It sits on a slope of 22 degrees and its house number is also 22, hence the name. The house looks like it’s naturally embedded into the hill and takes advantage of its placement and surroundings by alternating between opaque and transparent volumes. Inside the rugged nature of the exposed concrete is softened by strategically added wooden surfaces and textures. The wine cellar is almost completely encased in wood and glass, bringing together the three main materials used all throughout this entire project.

The front facade has large windows mixed in with wooden panels for a bit of diversityView in gallery
The front facade has large windows mixed in with wooden panels for a bit of diversity
The house number is 22 and the house sits on a 22 degree slope which ultimately inspired the name of this projectView in gallery
The house number is 22 and the house sits on a 22 degree slope which ultimately inspired the name of this project
There's an indoor swimming pool on the second level of the house and has clerestory windows and a large skylightView in gallery
There’s an indoor swimming pool on the second level of the house and has clerestory windows and a large skylight
The interior design is simple and modern, including polished concrete floors, lots of exposed concrete and large windowsView in gallery
The interior design is simple and modern, including polished concrete floors, lots of exposed concrete and large windows
The wine cellar is very rich in wood and features a curved wall design which looks amazingView in gallery
The wine cellar is very rich in wood and features a curved wall design which looks amazing
The swimming pool can be seen from the living room which makes it look like a large aquariumView in gallery
The swimming pool can be seen from the living room which makes it look like a large aquarium
The extensive use of concrete all throughout this project gives the house a somewhat rugged appearance View in gallery
The extensive use of concrete all throughout this project gives the house a somewhat rugged appearance
The view from the site is beautiful, serene and relaxing and all the large windows and openings take advantage of thisView in gallery
The view from the site is beautiful, serene and relaxing and all the large windows and openings take advantage of this
To balance out the design, the architects played with various different types of finishes and texturesView in gallery
To balance out the design, the architects played with various different types of finishes and textures
The swimming pool has access to a large terrace and also gets lots of sunlight through the skylight systemView in gallery
The swimming pool has access to a large terrace and also gets lots of sunlight through the skylight system
The staircase which connects the levels is made of concrete which allows it to blend into the wallView in gallery
The staircase which connects the levels is made of concrete which allows it to blend into the wall
Strategically placed wooden surfaces break the monotony of the spaces and add warmth and a bit of color to the roomsView in gallery
Strategically placed wooden surfaces break the monotony of the spaces and add warmth and a bit of color to the rooms
The geometry of the house is not overly complicated but definitely interestingView in gallery
The geometry of the house is not overly complicated but definitely interesting
It's really nice how the house seems to just blend with the terrain and the sloping siteView in gallery
It’s really nice how the house seems to just blend with the terrain and the sloping site