Inspired by wabi-sabi style and medieval times, this family home brings together antiques, artisan techniques, restored pieces and contemporary elements. Designed by El Contempo, this project is a beautiful traditional home in the north of Ibiza.
El Contempo is a Spanish studio with a passion for architecture, art and design. They always find inspiration in Mediterranean culture, twentieth-century modernism and Japanese designs. Old castles also belong to the list of inspirational sources. Both private residences and hospitality projects are among their offerings. They mainly design warm, dynamic spaces, which also feel playful, minimalist and unexpected. Natural materials and textures are often given the starring role. Besides the architecture studio, the team behind this company also runs a gallery, where they exhibit furniture, lighting and decoration. Everywhere, the warm Ibiza atmosphere emerges, merging with the studio's identity. This typical Ibiza home is surrounded by nature and was renovated by the studio. The existing house included a Mediterranean white modular construction, thick walls, wooden beam ceilings and small windows. The annex used to be a warehouse and was used by the owners as storage space. It consists of a high volume with concrete walls and two large openings. For many properties in Ibiza, the owners expect a typical bohemian interior, but that was not quite the case here. The studio was keen to keep the atmosphere of the old part, to ensure coherence between the two volumes. The contrast between the old and new part needed to be less pronounced. The existing industrial elements, such as the steel ceiling beams, were kept and softened by choosing a dark colour for the walls. The stainless-steel kitchen fits perfectly into that scheme. The neutral colour palette radiates warmth, creating an impressive atmosphere and a sense of calm.
The experience the interior creates is focused on
The layout and functionality of a home are always very important to the studio. The layout of this residence required some creativity. In the end, a very open layout was chosen, with the kitchen island dividing the space into two, namely a cooking and a sitting area. These are the spaces where the family spends most of their time. The long island is also the instant eyecatcher of the living space. Despite that thoughtful layout, they try not to approach each project in an overly technical way, but rather focus on the experience the interior creates. The various possibilities of materials are always an interesting exploration for the studio. A wonderful example is the fireplace, which is made of old stones from the island.
This property is a true oasis of calm for the busy family, that often comes to Ibiza to relax. In this beautiful interior, they will be sure to do just that. Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Ariadna Puigdomenech