How to infuse the feeling of the sea? Of gentle movement and open space? That was the design conundrum faced by Alejandro Palomino after listening to his clients’ needs in Santa Ponsa. To give the illusion of liquid-like form for this 6-bedroom family home, Alejandro teamed up with project managers, APM Mallorca. Together, the two firms worked the curved motif of the sea into the positioning, mirroring the nearby bays around Cap Negret and the Malgrat Islands.
Cubic elements and rounded edges
For immediate impact, Alejandro decided to work with contrast. While the villa sits
in the shape of a curve, the composition consists largely of lines and edges. This
juxtaposition is seen clearly between the two levels. Where on the ground floor, the exterior is aided by lots of stone and glass. On the second level, Alejandro goes all out with a more diverse mix of structures. Cubes, semicircles and diagonals fuse to create a stunning outline, which is both seamless (to create flow) yet separated (to instil individual character). The clean white façade brings unity to the building, but on closer inspection there is an impressive number of contrasting forms at play.
A three metre high waterfall
Underneath the wave-shaped roof, each room pours into the next. The living room and kitchen are risen up on tubular pillars, integrated as part of the garden. Large panels of glass brings in plenty of light and there is a standout water feature falling from the master terrace into the swimming pool. At three metres high, the water pours from the second level creating a liquid connection between the two stories.
Underneath, a cosy seating area has been created, encouraging plenty of moments to relax by the water. Whether it’s by the pool, by the sea or within its liquid walls, Alejandro has given this family in Santa Ponsa plenty of ‘flow’ to enjoy.
Photos by APM Mallorca
Text by Rosie Foot