We were commissioned to conceptualise 5 super-prime contemporary homes and 3 further mews houses is a sought after location in Gibraltar. Requiring incredible creative architectural and interior design skills we re-evaluated the developers proposals and brought a considerable increase on their return.
Occupying a commanding position on the southern edge of Gibraltar this development of Approx 0.4 hectares of sought after prime land. The previously approved scheme presented a visually incongruous and unambitious development of 39 residential units paying little respect to its impact on the local ecology and surrounding area. The client wanted ideas for a fresh approach to maximize their potential investment and appeal.
Description of the project
The Design Practice at UBER helped envisage a totally new approach to create an elegant, contemporary redesign of the space fully maximizing the potential return on the investment, using imaginative design planning and technological advances but with a balanced respect for the local ecology and a measured impact on the surroundings.
High into the cliff edge landscape there strikes a new spectacular pose of a collection of 5 ground breaking villas with 1000m2 of space across 4 floors with roof gardens and 3 muse houses with breath taking sea views.
A collection of world beating companies have been assembled to create the ultimate in residential luxury to drink in the commanding lofty views and sea views from a privileged position overlooking historic docks and the Alameda gardens set against a backdrop of the nature reserve.
Within the site each Villa has its own gated access to a double garage with additional space for two vehicles within the entrance courtyard, via a private access road within the development. All villas will have level access to and from the main entrance level, with a lift to serve all floors within the building
UBER advised and accompanied the client through the planning process hand-in-hand with the local government.
The starting point for this project is the location: trees, water and a natural, healthy environment which the developer painstakingly sought and researched. Each of their project’s reflects the utmost regard for natural surroundings by using complementary designs and the most sustainable materials available. Art then meets science, as our craftsmanship is enhanced and refined with the very latest in automated luxury, efficiency and creativity.
Favourite/Key aspects of the project
Commanding views of the sea can be enjoyed from all aspects of the villas but none more so than in the wallowing ends of the infinity pools which are complemented by an entire floor of wellness rooms and suites, or on the fully planted eco roof gardens which are serviced by a lift and full entertainment facilities.
Natural light is in abundance everywhere and you’ll find it hard to avoid those commanding views out to sea.
No expense has been spared to create the ultimate in luxurious textures and fittings in the most contemporary of settings.
Why does the design work so well
What makes a truly spectacular home? An envious location with breathtaking views with floods of natural sun light? Lavish quality and luxury with modern comforts and all the latest technology features? Sizable, well planned space to be gloriously selfish or cosy up with the family? Ecological and environment conscious and energy efficient yet with truly elegant architecture?
The Sanctuary may just have the potential to tick all of the above boxes. There’s nowhere quite like Gibraltar the setting for these exclusive residences. The Sanctuary carves a unique statement into this most beguiling of Rocks.
The principal design ethos is based around open plan living with the use of glazed walls drawing natural light into the rear living and bathroom spaces. Utilising the latest technology in the use of energy and water saving sanitary ware and energy rated appliances and lighting.
Final thoughts/any other information
The most technologically and ecologically advanced properties being built in Gibraltar. Following many consultations, The Design Practice have worked hand in hand with the government of Gibraltar to create what is known as The Sanctuary, a collection of the most stunning of contemporary properties sitting within a nature reserve.
The result: an inspirational home that is not just a place to live, but a way of life.