La Reserva Club villa
Sotogrande, Spain – current
The large house is set ‘into’ rather than ‘onto’ the hill, an act akin to setting up an encampment. It projects the domination of an un-spoilt landscape of indigenous vegetation.The site benefits from a panoramic Eastern prospect of the Alboran Sea. The prospect reaches a visual crescendo to the South where the Rock dominates the shimmering Straits of Gibraltar and its veiled views of the North African Rif Mountains in the far distance.
The drive to the house is on a meandering private road through the natural maquis of the hill. The arrival is by way of a walled water courtyard. The villa is made up of four glazed pavilions on a landscaped upper plateau with further accommodation set into the hillside beneath. The upper buildings are transparent to preserve the sense of continuity of internal and external spaces. The pavilions radiate out towards the 210 degree views like outstretched fingers.
Below this level and away from the heat the spaces are a complete contrast. The corridors are carved out of the rock of the hill. Light filters in from above through small courtyards. The rooms are vaulted structures made of reconstituted stone with a single window offering framed views. Lower down the hill terraces flat areas are created on the hill for play within walled gardens. These lower terraces contain additional accommodation for a guest suite, multi-purpose space and studio/art room.
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