The Hobbit Hole, Turned Up to 11

Germany's Villa K reimagines hillside living

By The Editors
November 17, 2015 9:00 am

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole and that meant comfort.” –JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit

Take Bilbo Baggins’s home. Add one part devastatingly cool German modernism and some super-canny sustainability tricks and you’ve got Villa K, a new home built into a German hillside by Dutch firm Paul de Ruiter Architects

The main living space and the bedrooms, wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows, face south — better to catch the sun. Less appealing spaces (e.g., the pantry, the “hunting room” and a six-car garage) have been burrowed into the mountainside, where rooms naturally maintain warmth and cut down on energy costs. Said setup also leaves more space on the south-facing side for a raised, U-shaped terrace and its pool, which appears to hover over the hill. 

If you have a better way to spend an afternoon in Germany, we’d like to see it. 

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