The villa Twelve is located in Santa Ponça, a well-known tourist town in the southwest of Mallorca, in the municipality of Calviá. This property extends over approximately 1,000 m2 in an area where a large community of foreigners resides in spacious houses and some of the most luxurious properties.
When it came to designing, we drew inspiration from Mediterranean architecture and combined it with the geometric simplicity of contemporary architecture. Additionally, we analyzed the needs of the surroundings, the plot, and the climate of the island to obtain the main source of inspiration.
The most remarkable feature of the project lies in achieving a design based on a strong yet simultaneously simple and easily recognizable geometric form. This simplicity, that is, the ability to quickly sketch the formal geometry of the house by hand and make it easily recognizable, proved to be one of the most complex challenges, and we believe we have successfully achieved it in this project.
The project was commissioned by Sophisticated Projects, a developer-led by Patrick Hansmeier, who has developed various properties on the island in recent years. Their success is based on the desire to do things correctly and pay attention to even the smallest detail, offering quality and design. The developer requested the design of a contemporary house with straight lines and clean spaces that could have its own recognizable style.
The construction follows a Mediterranean-contemporary architectural style, carefully arranged to obtain spacious and extremely bright spaces with cross ventilation. This allows for a connection between the interior and exterior, generating a greater visual sensation. These spaces become a play of volumes that give rise to an iconic architecture where form and function merge. Each architectural gesture responds to a functional need.
Few materials have been used in the project, but they were selected with great care. Among them is the local dry stone from the municipality of Santanyí, used in both the exterior and interior walls, as well as the grey Balearic limestone, which provides neutral tones and harmony in the spaces, enhancing the desire for the home to be a space of relaxation and comfort.
The use of a few materials in neutral colours allows the furniture, carefully selected by interior designer Marga Comas, and the art, composed of sculptures and carefully chosen paintings, to stand out. The combination of local materials creates a geometry adapted to the functionality of the spaces, generating an iconic design where each gesture responds to a functional need.
Additionally, the design incorporates sustainability criteria, such as cross ventilation, good orientation, protection against sunlight in summer through covered outdoor terraces, and good thermal insulation.
The construction company responsible for bringing this house to life has been Islabau, under our supervision and that of the technical architect Iñaki Fernández.
Sustainability criteria were followed during construction, mainly through passive elements such as solar orientation and cross ventilation, as well as efficient thermal insulation in the house cladding using the External Thermal Insulation System (SATE).