This villa in Madliena was designed by DeMicoli & Associates, for a family whose members enjoy entertaining overseas guests.
On entering the villa, the primary focus of the building is a dramatic view of sea, which makes the most of the site’s steep slope. An experiential route to the formal entertaining areas below begins with a welcoming fountain shaded by three citrus trees. The aroma of fruit then leads the visitor towards the front door over a bridge. The latter is representative of the transition into the home. A narrow glass pane within the front door allows a glimpse inside, setting the scene. Once within, all is revealed at the entrance hall – the sea’s majestic horizon, a pool beneath, as well as an elegant means of passage towards the entertaining areas.
Acoustic considerations resulted in the curved ceiling at the entrance which complements the sweeping stairway. The organic serpentine curves of the staircase contrast an otherwise rectilinear design. This quality is further emphasised by the use of natural stone marble.
The entertainment space is a work of volumes. A double height space is composed of a number of split levels. The relationships between entrance and view, fireplace and dining area create strong axes. Similarly, the villa plays with the strong south-facing light bouncing off the staircase and the softer northern light offered by panoramic windows. The family area was kept secluded whilst still enjoying the property’s best views. Natural light infiltrates every bathroom and the walk-in wardrobe via overhead skylights. Though the client insisted on a smaller garden this was designed to be as organic and natural as possible, while following the steep slope of the site.
Understated contemporary detailing followed the client’s brief for a modern classic approach. ‘Wow factor’ features include shadow gaps, recessed coving lighting and full height doors. The selection of materials & finishes is articulated, with attention to detail and texture. Natural stone in large formats complements a rich palette. The use of natural materials, as well an emphasis on horizontal lines, internally, offers continuity with the outdoor finishing. To find out more visit www.danda.com.mt