The villa featured here is accommodated in a geographically privileged plot on a hill in the prestigious
La Zagaleta urbanization (Benahavís), facing south and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
The project is simple, explains Manuel Ruiz, partner and creative director of ARK Architects. “A horizontal plane
is proposed as a ‘podium’ on which the house stands as if it were a Greek temple. This basement, or podium, comprises a spa, gym and relaxation areas, while the upper levels are highlighted by the villa’s grand living areas.” The property’s precise architecture features “pure lines that evoke a certain modern classicism, aiming only to frame the idyllic surrounding landscape of sea and mountain through large glass panels that seek at all
times to provoke an extension of the inside spaces towards the outside. “In this way,” adds Ruiz, “we link the architecture directly to the environment and the garden, and in some moments it is difficult to differentiate the boundary between interior and exterior space.” Ruiz quotes Luis Barragan, who said, “I like to design houses that look like gardens and gardens that look like houses.” Reynaers Aluminium sliding systems were used for La Zagaleta H-11’s windows and doors. In this case, the lift and slide CP 155-LS system and the minimalist sliding Hi-Finity. Both facilitate large sizes, minimum visible aluminium, connections between the inside with outside of the house, and optimum entry of natural light. These systems’ high performance makes them ideal for modern architecture. The installation was carried out by Moncada Aluminium, a member of the Reynaers Installer network.