Both an architect and an interior designer, Alejandro Giménez was born in Málaga in 1972. He studied in Spain and America before graduating from Sevilla’s College of Architecture in 1999. His style is heavily influenced by the style of architecture where he lives and where he grew up on southern Spain’s Mediterranean coast. However, he has also spent considerable time in both Mexico and Japan (his wife is Japanese), and he incorporates ideas, colours and spaces from both countries in his designs. These influences, he explains, are carried out in order to create harmony, beauty and peaceful spaces. “My goal is to create a pure, serene and relaxing space that is a pleasure to live in and somewhere to look forward to returning to after a hard day’s work.”
Alejandro Giménez Architects began a comprehensive reform and expansion of this Marbella villa – located in an exceptional setting –
based on three basic aspects that would give meaning to every decision made later:
– Conservation and enhancement of the main features and interesting original elements, such as a fireplace in the main room, visible from several points of the home.
– Creation of different spaces that met the new needs of the owners and were in line with the existing environment. – Strengthening the home’s indoor and outdoor connections by incorporating large windows, depending on the orientation and space requirements, as well as by using natural materials such as wood ( finishes, furniture and representative or decorative elements) and Mortex (on the pavement), providing consistency and continuity to the overall house.
CONCEPTS AND MATERIALS
Alejandro says his studio’s architecture is based on two main features: design and timelessness. “We use local materials to play with textures which create a cosy atmosphere in every space. Our architecture merges tradition and modernity, obtaining the best from the classic Andalucian style to produce timeless villas where the materials have a major significance. “In this house we used craft wood which, mixed with Mortex, gives the house its warmth and identity. Water is also a very important element and is therefore constantly present in the house. The courtyards which surround the villa have fountains which recall the area’s Arab-Andalucian past and enhance the relaxing ambience. Light also has a relevant role in the project. We took great care designing the way that light functions in the house, to create a mystery-tinged environment. We obtained this through lighting white boxes which produce an indirect illumination that highlights the spaces, from inside to out. All of these creates a sense of continuity and harmony.”
Alejandro Giménez Architects
Plaza de Manilva 6, Estepona
Tel. (+34) 652 591 405 / 951 253 412
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