Architecture with an ocean view

A seafront villa that lives up to the view. A building project with a clear objective has come to life here, surrounded by jagged rocks and gnarled olive trees. Architecture that harmoniously blends into the rough landscape both inside and out. Rooms designed so openly that those inside the house feel the same expanse as they do outside the front door. Just a few meters away from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

2020, remodelling, Mediterranean Sea

Photography: Sofie Latour

A project of this kind is successful when it comes from a single source. From the first draft sketch, to the architecture and down to the details of the interior. Every element of the property was designed and realized in collaboration between Eham and the client. The first 3D renderings of the roof terrace already reveal the creative focus – open spaces, clear lines.

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Villa with sea view terrace by Eham, rendering, planning, interior design, carpentry, furnishing

Roof terrace with a view

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The neutral natural stone London Grey harmonizes with the rocky landscape of the surroundings – and feels good on bare feet. If it gets too hot, the shutter offers sweet shelter from the sun. In the Mediterranean climate, surrounded by a gentle sea breeze, an even and natural patina develops on the wood surface.

Family and friends come together under the shutter in the evening. Ending their day together and enjoying the sunset – sharing a bottle of rosé at the long dark green quartzite dining table. Smooth as glass on top, but its underside is rough and lively. Supported by a discreet, longitudinally aligned, wrought-iron central base, the heavy stone almost appears to float. The free-standing walls of the pool are also made of the dark green quartzite. When the waterfall is on, the water flows steadily over the rugged material. At sunset, a slight shimmer is cast on the surface.

The stairwell is reduced to the basics. The quarry stone wall counteracts the linear design with its tactile texture and introduces the rough landscape of the surroundings into the house. The handrail of the black steel railing is subtly illuminated from below to create a calm lighting atmosphere.

Openness at all levels

The bathroom is on the upper floor next to the bedroom and dressing room. The space almost feels like the roof terrace. Perfect for taking your time with your grooming. Nothing obstructs the view of the sea. This is thanks to a sweeping floor-to-ceiling window front. A glass balcony connects the bathroom to the living area below. Openness on all levels.

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The bathtub is in the middle of the room. It is made of a round mineral cast, has a delicate and refined appearance, and is framed in a light grey stone block. The ends of the tub are still rough, creating a dynamic contrast between heavy and light, massive and delicate. The shower is expansively set into the gray stone and offers as much space as under an outdoor shower on the beach. Perfectly setting a carefree mood for days when you don’t need much more than swimming trunks or a bikini.

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The atmosphere is open, spacious, and bright – even on the first floor and in the living area. The ceiling opens to the bathroom. The high glass front allows plenty of light to enter the room. The glass awning to the terrace disappears completely into the floor if desired. There is a smooth transition from terrace to living space. This is also because the same light grey stone is used for the terrace as in the interior. The rough-cut fireplace and the massive wooden tabletop with a real bark edge counter the clear interior design with something primitive. Massive and rough – pure and simple. This play of contrasts runs through the entire design of the house.

Open kitchen with sea view

The open-plan kitchen is at the back of the living area. The stove on the minimalist cooking island is framed in forged black steel. Its structure still bears the hammer blows from its processing. Reduced forms meet bold surfaces. Opposite the dark steel is light Jura marble. The sink and countertop are milled from one and the same light stone. They are separated only by a subtle groove. Behind the sink there is a shelf system made of black oak. It is flush with the long window band. Here it is again: the view of the sea that permeates the entire house. The door next to it is only a few meters away – here, too, you are just a small step away from being outside.

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Interplay of environment and architecture

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Inside, the estate is spacious and luxurious, but from the outside it is unobtrusive and discreet. The facades made of natural stone blend in perfectly with the landscape. An architecture that nestles into its natural surroundings. Not planned and implemented to dominate the landscape, but to emphasize its quality. Designed for a coexistence between nature and environment. Inside and outside.