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To accommodate the art collection of his passionate clients while preserving views offered by the Kudelstaart waterfront lot, Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter needed an elegant solution for a simple problem: How to maximize wall space while simultaneously showcasing pristine landscapes? For Villa Röling, De Ruiter created two contrasting spaces: A wooden gallery box that sits atop a transparent glass space that brings the Netherlands nature into the heart of the house. The second story space is split by openings that allow light to flood the collection space, where the owners display their sculptures and paintings. A skylight channels through the center of the home, linking the two volumes. [via contemporist, photos by Pieter Kers]