A collaborative venture between design forces SAOTA, RyS Architects and ARRCC produced a villa in Mallorca sensitive to its surroundings but with international appeal. A venerable triple threat, here’s a look at three ways in which the project distinguishes itself as a functional yet powerful piece of integrated design.
global but local
For SAOTA’s first completed Spanish project, Bora Headquarters, a striking contemporary villa in Mallorca, they collaborated with Spanish firm Revuelta y Stahn Architects (RyS), drawing on the team’s unique insight into vernacular building styles and methods to create a design that was sympathetic to the setting. ‘By synthesising SAOTA’s contemporary lifestyle-driven design and RyS’ sensitivity to materials and context we played to the strengths of each company. Both practices focus on single residential projects and are very detailed driven with high standards,’ adds Philip Olmesdahl, director of SAOTA and project lead. Typical Mallorcan buildings are generally fragmented, with external space formed between building elements. Frequently white or natural stone, most buildings have semi-circular terracotta roof tiles. In keeping with these traditional elements, SAOTA and RyS conceived a designed composed of cubic white forms terraced down the landscape with courtyards and landscaped features. The Spanish tile roofs have been re-interpreted in elegant sandstone curved panels.
location, location, location
The steep hillside location proved a challenging but ultimately impressive site for a resort-style villa. In response to the long site, the firm designed a linear terraced building with every important room on both the terrace and upper levels enjoying uninterrupted views. ‘We mitigated the steepness of the slope with terraces and integrated landscaping, soften the engagement with the boundary,’ comments Philip. Further engagement between house and environment comes by way of a series of green ‘pause spaces’ and lush courtyards, a strong indoor and outdoor flow and pergolas which diffuse the light.
lifestyle through aesthetic
The brief for the interior aspect of the project was to create a balance between comfort and warmth, and elegance, with integration between the interior and exterior elements of the design. A task to which interior designers ARRCC responded with a minimalist approach. ‘We created a serene, relaxed environment in which to enjoy the rituals and basic pleasures of everyday living,’ says Mark Rielly, director of ARRCC. The interior spaces were therefore conceptualized to reduce superfluous elements and create visual impact by emphasizing the aesthetic value of the architecture, which by virtue of its passive and open-plan design has striking design features. ‘Each piece was carefully considered to complement the clean lines and the natural light provided by the design of the building,’ he adds. The overriding effect is neutral and understated, with handcrafted accents, accentuating the engagement with the outdoors. ‘Our goal was to create a harmonic integration of the building in the natural surroundings of our Mediterranean area,’ says Paulina Espinosa Miekwic, Interior Architect at RyS Architects.
For more information about Bora Headquarters visit saota.com.