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Mediterranean style halfway between ancient Romans and Arabian glamor in Ibiza
Italian studio Metroarea designes stunning villa in Ibiza, blending classical concepts, natural materials and an easy, informal lifestyle
A contemporary villa in Ibiza mixing tradition and nature: roof gardens, curved shapes and bamboo walls
Sea, nature and a strong cultural heritage blend into the original concept of this Mediterranean style villa with pool on the Spanish island of Ibiza, a perfect mixture of Mediterranean culture and natural environment. Taking its cues both from patrician Roman villas and Spanish and Arab architecture, the Mediterranean style of the edifice is meant to establish a deep connection between history and nature.
It was crucial, then, to establish a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, one of the most typical features of Mediterranean homes, which has been obtained by employing huge, custom-made glass walls, bamboo canopies and shutters clearly reminiscent of the island’s traditions. The typical central patio is located at the heart of the plan, connecting an undulating network of paths set at different levels, and, like the ancient Roman impluvium, it acts as a water reservoir generating a waterfall first and then an actual stream which connects the two swimming pools.
The shape of this 1600 sq m building reminds that of an amphitheater surrounded by nature and follows the characteristically slanting ground, perfectly fitting into the hill’s slope. The use of simple materials and the irregularly shaped perimeter built from concrete and dry stone walls highlight the desire to avoid conventional connotations of luxury, seeking instead to establish a closer connection with the island, its territory and traditions: the result is an informal architecture that perfectly conveys a strong sense of hospitality.
The building comprises three different levels organically connected by curving paths and stairs yet remaining physically divided according to their specific functions. The ground level hosts the master suite, complete with ample living and six guest bedrooms and outdoor swimming pool. The first floor includes a living room (equipped with a stunning 15 m long sliding door), dining room, kitchen, a gym, a spa and a second outdoor pool. A further, ample living room with belvedere at the uppermost storey complements this amazingly eclectic villa.
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