The desire for a home that creates spaces that encourage interaction between family members can be seen in homeowners across the globe. While the 90s saw a trend in which people turned towards more individualized and private ‘cubicles’ that has definitely shifted toward a love for more ‘social spaces’ in the last decade.
The 200-year-old Spanish country house is nestled on a small mountain on the scenic northern shore of the island and the revamped structure makes the most of its location by offering unabated views of the landscape distant coastline and beyond. On the outside it is fruit trees and a lush green garden that drape you in a cloak of natural goodness and offer complete privacy while the interior brings together contrasting textures and finishes that create a unique relaxing setting.
It is the lower level that contains the new kitchen and dining space that are flooded with natural light thanks to the smart use of skylights and light tubes. The space under the staircase is also utilized to the hilt with a series of closed cabinets and a wine storage and display area that is both simple and elegant.
Dubbed the elegant private residence is as breezy on the inside as its façade suggests with white being the color of choice. A neutral color scheme coupled with a flood of natural light creates this refreshing vibe which is accentuated by the wonderful indoor bamboo garden.
Much of the original silhouette of the house was retained and given a modern upgrade with the reflecting pond a fabulous bridge and the brise soleil creating a stunning entrance. This image of tranquility is further enhanced as artificial lighting takes over after sunset with the illumination fashioning an atmosphere of inviting warmth.
A series of sliding glass doors connect these large living spaces with the outdoors and with each home comprising three individual structures that separate the public areas from the private ones there is ample privacy for the homeowners. A second volume contains three bedrooms on the ground floor and the master suit on the top level while a third volume holds the utility areas kitchen and pantry.
Designed by Juan Pablo Ribadeneira Mora the home’s distinct façade sets it apart from its neighbors as the double-story porch for the two top-level duplex apartments gives the structure an inviting green tinge. Making the most of the views on offer while planning for adequate privacy the performs a delicate balancing act.