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Villa Marbella

CompanyUndercurrent Architects
Lead DesignersDidier Ryan, Tao Gatto, Yoko Chang
Design TeamDuncan Walters, Toby Ronalds (Eckersley OCallaghan Engineers), Chema Sobrado, José Ignacio Porres, Erik Dhont
Project LocationMarbella, Spain
Prize(s)Silver in Other Architectural Designs / Other Architectural designs
Entry Description

Villa Marbella is located on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, with a view spanning from Europe to Africa.

The building is a sequence of interlinked pavilions adjusting to steep terrain and oriented toward natural focal points – the tip of Africa; the Rock of Gibraltar; La Concha peak; Puerto Banus Harbour. Gardens in-between pavilions form outdoor rooms so that landscape, building and climate continuously interface and merge.

The building encapsulates a feeling of Mountain-becoming-Sea, and transitions from an earthy, mountain cabin to cascading oceanic vessel.