italian architecture studio metroarea has constructed a multi-storey residence on the spanish island of ibiza. the design of the remote dwelling is inspired by the mediterranean’s vernacular architecture, taking its cues from roman villas, as well as the expressionist works of italian architects luigi moretti and giovanni michelucci. ‘for us, designing a contemporary building in 2016 means establishing a dedicated dialogue with history and with nature,’ explains the design team.
all images by fernando alda
the concept behind metroarea’s design blends mediterranean living with the natural landscape. from within the dwelling, a continuous relationship with the outside world is established through the use of large windows, while the canopies and custom-made bamboo shutters reference mashrabiya awnings and latticework.
embedded into the sloping terrain, the property calls to mind the form of an amphitheater
embedded into the sloping terrain, the property calls to mind the form of an amphitheater surrounded by nature. a centrally positioned patio is situated at the heart of the plan, connecting an undulating network of paths, terraces, and pools. a simple palette of materials has been employed throughout the scheme, with board formed concrete used to avoid popular connotations of luxury.
the remote dwelling is inspired by the mediterranean’s vernacular architecture
internally, the house comprises three different levels — organically connected by paths and stairs, but physically divided by program. in the northern wing, the ground level contains the master suite, with the south wing housing a total of six guest rooms. the floor above includes primary living accommodation with a kitchen, dining areas, a gym, and a spa. a further living room is found at the uppermost storey.
custom-made bamboo shutters reference mashrabiya awnings and latticework
the scheme is connected by an undulating network of paths and terraces
a continuous relationship with the outside world is established via large windows
the bamboo shutters provide the bathroom with privacy
living areas spill out onto expansive terraces with inset pools
sweeping view are provided across the picturesque island
a simple palette of materials has been employed throughout the scheme
board formed concrete has been used to avoid conventional connotations of luxury
the multi-storey residence is located on the spanish island of ibiza