Villa ORIGEN. Origen is a project born from the wishes to inhabit a wonderful place, a garden-house.

Villa ORIGEN. Origen is a project born from the wishes to inhabit a wonderful place, a garden-house.

Exceptional luxury mansion, situated in a breath taking location at the end of a cul-de-sac on the edge of a ravine over looking the San Roque Golf Course.

The place

A plot of land of almost a hectare in size in the middle of a natural park, topographically very flat and facing the south.
A true paradise on Earth. When we are faced with such perfect nature, we cannot help but be overwhelmed and simply admire it. However, almost by itself, the project begins to take shape: it will only try to frame the land and put it in value. Unity will be the challenge.

 

A place keeps in its DNA the key that will open up the architectural project.

 

 

On the other hand is the purpose. Quoting master Álvaro Siza: “Architecture is, above all, the creation of a stage for man.” In this case, we need to develop a single-family house of about 2,500 m2 with a set of a complex functional requirements that include spa areas, wellness spaces, guest areas, gourmet room, etc.

I was always amazed by the Alhambra in Granada, with its sequence of entwined courtyards and gardens, open to the sky, filtering the beautiful light of southern Andalusia, creating thousands of forms and shadows on its walls. Light is one of the central themes of architecture. Being able to understand and dose it is the key to creating a truly magical space. It is the only material that is given to us freely and, fortunately, here in our land it is in abundance, like liquid gold. You have to know how to love it and treat it well or it will rebel against you.

 

Sotogrande is one of the most prestigious resorts in Southern Spain, located on the western side of the Costa del Sol. Sotogrande is in a prime location, only 21km to the east of the legendary rock of Gibraltar and just 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan towns of Marbella and Puerto Banús.

Aerial photo December 2013

 

Sotogrande is an exclusive residential resort famous for its superb yachting marina with over 1350 moorings, first class golf courses and international polo tournaments. Sotogrande itself boasts stunning sandy beaches, rolling hills, cork forests, lush green fairways of the various golf courses and breathtaking views to the Mediterranean and across to North Africa.

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El Mirador de Sotogrande: seis villas experienciales que redefinen el concepto “lujo” by ARK Architects

El Mirador de Sotogrande: seis villas experienciales que redefinen el concepto “lujo” by ARK Architects

Se levantan en una parcela de más de 35.000 metros cuadrados situada en una zona privilegiada de Sotogrande. El proyecto, que será desarrollado al completo por ARK Architects, es un paso de gigante en el plan de Orion para construir villas exclusivas en un área de 600 hectáreas de La Reserva

La Reserva de Sotogrande es un área situada junto al Valle del Guadiaro, con privilegiadas vistas al Mediterráneo, Gibraltar y excepcionales campos de golf. Desde que el fondo Orion se hiciera con el control de Sotogrande —por un total de 225 millones de euros en 2014— los planes para dotar a esta zona con infraestructuras y viviendas exclusivas no han cesado.

La zona de La Reserva Club será el lugar donde se construyan seis villas que marcarán un antes y un después en la arquitectura de lujo en la zona. El estudio encargado de llevar a cabo el desarrollo completo de “El Mirador de Sotogrande”, ARK Architects, es uno de los que tienen una trayectoria más dilatada en la creación de viviendas experienciales en la Costa del Sol. Algunas de sus creaciones más recientes están en La Zagaleta, urbanización considerada por todos los rankings como “la más lujosa de Europa”.

 

 

Para situar al lector en las dimensiones y características de este proyecto hay que comenzar por la parcela: 35.000 metros cuadrados para sólo seis villas. Este parámetro da una idea del enfoque inicial con el que se está desarrollando El Mirador de Sotogrande. “El diseño de las Villas se pliega totalmente al lugar. De esta manera la integración con el entorno natural de las mismas es esencial, dándose especial importancia a los espacios paisajísticos exteriores y su conexión e integración con los interiores”, afirma Manuel Ruiz Moriche, CEO de ARK Architects.

A la hora de concebir el proyecto, el equipo de ARK Architects puso a trabajar a todas sus divisiones —Interiors, Homes, Investment y Plus— con el objetivo de crear un conjunto de villas unifamiliares “multisensoriales”, tal y como las define Ruiz Moriche. “Intentamos crear experiencias únicas e inolvidables para los propietarios, generando un estilo de vida único y relajado”, apunta el CEO de ARK Architects.

Desde el punto de vista tecnológico, El Mirador de Sotogrande, estará a la vanguardia de la arquitectura mundial. En este sentido, el equipo ha dado especial importancia al consumo energético. “Cualquier persona que vea las dimensiones y volúmenes de estas villas pensaría en consumos energéticos desorbitados, sólo para mantener la temperatura agradable —apunta Manuel Ruiz—, sin embargo, si somos consecuentes con nuestro enfoque arquitectónico de integración ambiental, ¿cómo vamos a construir un edificio que afecte al entorno de forma negativa?”.

 

El Mirador de Sotogrande. Villa Dorado by Ark

 

Además del bajo nivel de consumo energético, se ha prestado especial interés al desarrollo de la domótica y las posibilidades que se abren con una implementación inteligente del Internet de las Cosas. Distintos sensores y mandos, integrados perfectamente en la estética de la casa, contribuirán a mantener la casa con la configuración que más se adapte a la experiencia de sus habitantes. Ruiz Moriche recuerda que se pueden controlar “en tiempo real” todos los aspectos de la vivienda “desde cualquier parte del mundo” con una tableta o un smartphone.

Reducir la edificabilidad, aumentar la experiencia

Las seis villas que componen El Mirador de Sotogrande —y cuyas primeras imágenes se pueden ver en www.ark-architects.com— están dotadas con spa, zona wellness y gimnasio. Todas estas instalaciones han sido proyectadas con la idea de hacer sentir a los habitantes una experiencia propia de un resort de cinco estrellas especializado en salud y bienestar.

Aunque el Ayuntamiento de San Roque había dado el visto bueno para construir más de 2.000 viviendas en la zona, los nuevos gestores de Sotogrande han rebajado notablemente esas cifras. “El objetivo es reducir la densidad para aumentar la calidad”, declaraba recientemente Marc Topiol, consejero delegado de Sotogrande en Cinco Días.

Asimismo, toda la zona de La Reserva recibirá 40 millones de euros en inversiones en infraestructuras y equipamientos deportivos tales como un campo de golf —que ya está funcionando—, un lago navegable para deportes náuticos sin motor, una playa artificial, un club house, zonas de spa y bienestar, entre otras instalaciones.

 

 

Finalmente, destacar que El Mirador de Sotogrande es un proyecto que contribuye a la visión del actual propietario de Sotogrande: se descarta la venta directa de suelo a favor de iniciativas como ésta que no sólo evitan la especulación con los precios del suelo, sino que contribuyen a la creación de un entorno impecable y un desarrollo controlado.

Para conocer más datos sobre El Mirador de Sotogrande vía web:

www.ark-architects.com


El Mirador de la Reserva de Sotogrande – The Creation –

El Mirador de la Reserva de Sotogrande – The Creation –

El Mirador is an exquisite independent gated community of six contemporary villas in an elevated position within La Reserva Club. With its spectacular views across the landscape to the Mediterranean it offers the perfect privacy from which to explore and enjoy the Club and surrounding Sotogrande.

 

Enjoying a perfect and fabulous elevated position, this private gated community of six dramatic four to nine bedroom villas overlooks the rich landscape an seascape of La Serva Club and the Mediterranean beyond.

These sophisticated and contemporary villas by Ark are carefully designed to maximise the privacy and security of their owners. The sense of arrival can only be described as awe-inspiring with sea and golf course views, and the residences themselves balance immaculate modern architecture with indigenous inspirations.

The accommodation varies between the designs but can include staff accommodation, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, cinema, wine cellars, gym, steam rooms, garaging and substantial entertaining terraces and gardens.

El Mirador is a truly exceptional community.

Central to the decision to devote such an area of the estate to these six magical homes was the breathtaking views. These unique villas command vistas of the sea, mountains and the lush landscape of Southern Spain. They are perfect platforms from which to witness the changing seasons and to watch the occasional cloud as it drifts across the sky.

 

 


Villa ORIGEN… a garden-house

Villa ORIGEN… a garden-house

 

Origen is a project born from the wishes to inhabit a wonderful place, a garden-house.

 

The place: A plot of land of almost a hectare in size in the middle of a natural park, topographically very flat and facing the south. A true paradise on Earth.

When we are faced with such perfect nature, we cannot help but be overwhelmed and simply admire it. However, almost by itself, the project begins to take shape: it will only try to frame the land and put it in value. Unity will be the challenge.

A place keeps in its dna the key that will open up the architectural project.

 

 

Function

 

On the other hand is the purpose. Quoting master Álvaro Siza: “Architecture is, above all, the creation of a stage for man.” In this case, we need to develop a single-family house of about 2,500 m2 with a set of a complex functional requirements that include spa areas, wellness spaces, guest areas, gourmet room, etc.

I was always amazed by the Alhambra in Granada, with its sequence of entwined courtyards and gardens, open to the sky, filtering the beautiful light of southern Andalusia, creating thousands of forms and shadows on its walls. Light is one of the central themes of architecture. Being able to understand and dose it is the key to creating a truly magical space. It is the only material that is given to us freely and, fortunately, here in our land it is in abundance, like liquid gold. You have to know how to love it and treat it well or it will rebel against you.

 

 

Interaction

 

The building is developed on a single floor, taking a large part of the plot and embracing the landscape. It is a forceful and precise volume that closes outwards, jealous of the privacy of its inhabitants and opening completely to the natural park, as if wanting to embrace it and incorporate it into the project. It is certainly our intention to do so.

 

 

 

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A new vision of Heaven 11, Zagaleta

A new vision of Heaven 11, Zagaleta

A new concept

https://youtu.be/maUHopHYEcE

 

This stunning modern villa, located in the hills of La Zagaleta, sets the bar even higher for luxury residences in Costa del sol. Essentialized architecture, a review and exploration of historic archetypes and classicist principles adapted to the times and needs of contemporary life. The outcome is a modern and elegant masterpiece with exceptional panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and the mountains from every corner. This is the result of wide openings towards the sea of its main elevation, in contrast to the privacy provided by the rest of the facades, which includes the entrance to the house.


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