This plot is situated in a suburb of private villas next to a golf court near Marbella, Spain. The program is for a house for a family with kids, with a total inside area of 5165 square feet.
The program reused aspects of the existing house’s beautiful garden, including the plants.
Being in Andalucia, in the south of Spain, the idea was to create a huge garden with big, covered outside spaces, giving shade when needed. This would be a place where one could live outside day and night, all year long. It's all about catching that twilight with friends and family, chilling out with some tapas and great Spanish wines.
At the same time, we needed to create the necessary privacy from the neighboring buildings. The concept therefore is that the whole site is a garden surrounded with a peripheral wall filled with content that is the living room and also a private garden. Above that living room landscape we set a patio house — a house over a garden.
In the winter time, one covered part of the private garden can be closed with sliding windows and is well-heated.
The surrounding wall is filled with different programs so it communicates with the center space of the ground floor. These contents wrap around the living space/garden like a never-ending landscape. This area includes: a still water pond with waterfall, turtles, and morning sun; a herb garden, kitchen, and BBQ lounge; a swimming pool with pool lounge, pool area, and atelier.
Depending on what time of day, social occupancy, and what mood one is in, one interacts with the peripheral programs; from leisure and sport to reading and cooking.
There is also an over-the-edge opening along the poolside, where there is a beautiful view to the mountains and where the evening sun comes in.
The bedrooms, family lounge, and yoga terrace are on the first floor. A patio with a perforated stone facade filters the light into the wardrobes and circulations of the private areas. Each room has a bathroom and a private patio attached. The master bedroom, bathroom, and patio can be joined to one open space, enjoying sleeping and bathing outside, without being seen.
There are no windows or openings to the outside public space, the house appears as a white and cubic sculpture, similar to the Moorish patio houses in Andalucia. Only the plants give a sign of the interior life to the outside. Everything is covered in white plaster, creating an endless playful landscape just covered by the deep blue Andalucia sky.