The prolific Spanish architect Octavio Mestre has completed numerous projects around the world. After working with various internationally renowned architects, Octavio Mestre officiated for three years as a municipal architect of the Catalan capital, Barcelona. In 1990, he left this post to devote himself fully to his professional practice. Since his debut, he has taught in Europe and the United States and continues today to teach in his native country. This villa that he built in Majorca is one of his most majestic residential projects of recent years.
This villa is the result of the rehabilitation of an old building according to the precise desires of its owners. The structure combines influences that are minimalist, zen and Mediterranean. The owners arrived with very clear desires that have been answered in the architecture of the place. In particular, note the use of red and blue on a portion of the exterior walls, but also, in parallel, the dominance of white, wood and natural materials like stone, which is very typical of the Mediterranean region.
The villa is particularly spacious, having 500 square meters over a main building and various ancillary pavilions. The indoor and outdoor spaces interact thanks to the large windows that open to the pool and the Mediterranean.
Light floors and white walls reflect light, while the suspended stairs lets it pass through. Black furniture provides contrast. This colour gives relief to the space, avoiding the flattening of volume that can happen with a palette that is too dominated by white.
Before taking the stairs to the second floor, make a little stop on the kitchen. Utilizing functionalism and modernism, the designer kitchen is organized around a central island with a large work surface.
From the staircases, one can observe both the lower floor and the outside. Large windows are also present here. By opening up to the sky, they completely transform the interior light! The windows are certainly one of the most memorable characteristics of the house, and they help to set it apart from the surrounding villas. The renovation took place before the new coastal laws restricting their use. It will be noted that they do not have shutters or classic blinds, but are equipped with a system of wooden blinds that slide on rails, which gives a lot of personality to the building.
Visit one of the rooms of the villa. Again, we can appreciate the connection of the villa with its environment. Are we inside or out? In a house or on a boat? These are the questions that emerge as one feels transported to the sea. The presence of the solarium with its lightweight tubular railing contributes to this feeling. The colour palette remains the same as in the rest of the house, with clear tones, a little gray and black to break the monotony and bring modernity!
In the bathroom, it is not large windows but sand tones that remind us of the presence of the Mediterranean. The rest of the décor relies on simple lines, materials and colours. Cleverly placed mirrors and shiny white furniture contribute to the brightness of the room.
The shower is paved with light grey pebbles and has a large static head and a hand shower. The presence of brushed steel in the finishes, including the window frame, contributes to the impression already felt in the room: that of being in a ship cabin!
Let’s return to the beautiful garden around which the building are arranged and in the middle of which is the swimming pool. For the comfort of residents, a large covered terrace was formed. It is divided into three zones: a summer kitchen with bar, a dining area and a lounge area. Note the use of wooden timbers, a material found in the imposing table. To maintain the modernity of the place, particularly contemporary seating counterbalances the wood.
In the living area, these large white seats can stay outside all year round. The black cushions recall the colour scheme chosen for the interior. From this covered terrace, one can enjoy the sea view and the pool while being protected from sunlight.
We end our visit on the edge of the infinity pool that we could see from the first picture. The deck recalls the shutters and the frame, creating a continuity of atmosphere. But above all, here we can observe how the pool water merges with the sea. This villa is definitely a dream beach house!