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A Neolith Sanctuary in the Netherlands

Just outside Amsterdam, Netherlands is a breathtaking 700m² villa nestled in acres of lush green forest. This stunning villa situated in the heart of nature reflects the high Dutch quality of life and Neolith’s unparalleled aesthetic and functional qualities.

Beton Silk terrace

Situated in the verdant heart of nature, one could spend days exploring the movie-like wilderness that surrounds the home. However, the villa’s all-natural interiors—Neolith is 100% sustainable and made of granite and glass minerals as well as natural oxides—are arguably as impressive as the scenery encompassing it.

Each of the house’s awe-inspiring interiors perfectly juxtapose modernity and tradition. Colourful South Asian objet and curios and other decorative items occupy shelves throughout the residence, and vibrant tapestries hang on the walls alongside bold, monochrome stools and rugs.

Estatuario Polished fireplace wall and Beton Silk floors

To make this eclectic yet elegant décor truly pop, yet maintain the contrast between novel and classical, marble-effect surfaces were specified for the floors and walls. Two of Neolith’s popular designs, Italian Carrara-inspired Calacatta and Estatuario, were specified via Michel Oprey & Beisterveld, the Neolith distributor in the region, for the walls and floors of nearly every room in the villa, cleverly offsetting the brand’s take on poured concrete: the textured Beton Silk.

The result is a fresh, light and airy home which retains a welcoming feeling of cosiness and warmth, making it the ideal location for chic dinner parties and memorable family gatherings alike.

Journey to the centre of the hearth

The owners of this stunning residence wanted an urban space that would match the serene landscape that encircles it, but which would stand out as soon one stepped inside.

They sought the expertise of renowned Dutch architects and interior designers, Jan des Bouvrie, who is best known for his 1969 “kubusbank sofa”, and Dik Smeding, neither of whom are strangers to upscale residential projects.

Having worked on a variety of high-end penthouses and commercial buildings across the country, they were able to create an exceptionally tasteful environment for the homeowners, which also serves as a tranquil space in which they can relax.

Neolith Estatuario Polished fireplace wall

Bookmatched Estatuario Polished was used for the statement wall behind a glimmering, mirrored fireplace, drawing the eye to the centre of the room.

The flooring of all three levels of the house: the lower ground floor, ground floor and first floor are covered in Beton, which fits in perfectly with the urban design brief due to its cementitious design.

Specified in Silk finish, the floor brings the outdoors ‘in’ while also providing some traction, preventing the risk of slipping. The light hue also makes the already expansive home appear even larger, allowing guests to focus on the vibrant design accents throughout the space.

A bespoke bath

The homeowners were so taken by Neolith’s Classtone range that they decided to specify award-winning Calacatta in both smooth, Silk finish and glossy Polished finish for all five of their bathrooms.

Calacatta Silk floors

Polished was used for the walls, to give a reflective effect which opens up the space, and Silk finish for the floors, to provide a muted look with more grip.

The material was also endmatched in each bathroom. At first, this proved a challenge, due to the sloping walls, however Neolith’s fabricators in Amsterdam, Stone & Skills, were able to cut the tiles for a perfect fit.

Bespoke Calacatta Polished end-matched bath and backpslash

Thrilled with the look and feel of the material, the homeowners also requested custom-made Neolith baths and wash basins as part of the bathroom renovation. This would create a holistically uniform, immersive space in each one, minimising maintenance and reducing the risk of moisture damage due to Neolith’s waterproof properties.

Life is for living

The highlight of the project is the application of Neolith between the living room and terrace. When the floor-to-ceiling windows are open, the home and garden become one continuous space, creating an illusion of fluidity.

Beton Silk floors

The 6mm thickness of Beton Silk also proved useful for covering the existing terrace tiles, eliminating the need for additional labour to remove the old flooring. The material which was used indoors was also applied outdoors because of Neolith’s weatherproof properties.

Commenting on the project, Marouane Babay at Stone & Skills, said, “The homeowners fell in love with the brand when they came across the @NeolithNederland Instagram page and saw the hundreds of applications Neolith could accommodate. When they reached out to us, we invited them to visit the immersive Neolith Urban Boutique (NUB) concept store in Amsterdam to view the various available colours and finishes.

Beton Silk terrace

“The clients were immediately drawn to Beton Silk, which is used for the flooring in NUB Amsterdam, observing how well the colour suited their design plan. They then decided to specify Neolith for multiple rooms within the house upon learning that, in addition to the material’s ability to capture the natural stone look they were after, it is scratch-proof and stain-proof. It can also be cleaned using even the strongest products needed to combat viruses and bacteria.”

Mar Esteve Cortes, Neolith CMO, added, “Neolith is popular among homeowners in both city and countryside environments due to the numerous collections we offer and the material’s unique composition which makes it extremely durable and sustainable.

“Now that Neolith is manufactured in a carbon neutral environment, this makes Neolith not only the most visually attractive choice for residential applications, but one of the most eco-friendly as well.”

To find out more about Neolith and its applications, click here.

To discover Neolith’s new ‘Six-S’ range, click here. The Six-S collection is a new, visually powerful range demonstrating the material’s massive architectural potential and showcasing the brand’s unrivalled design techniques. Influenced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Six-S surfaces have been developed to promote how material choices can positively impact public health, welfare and wellbeing as well as the environment and global ecosystem.

Visit Neolith online here.

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