Sa Ferradura - Romano Arquitectos
Sa Ferradura Island is -in fact- a peninsula connected to Ibiza Island by the small beach of Pas de s’Illa. It is a promontory that protects the Port of San Miguel from the wild north winds. The project consisted in the total refurbish- ing of the existing house and its garden. We were charged of both the architecture project, the interior design, and the landscape concept. The volume and the footprint of the construction was to be strictly respected due to the specific restriction of the area -Coastline, landscape protection, wild- life preservation. We undertook a severe landscape process to recuperate the original skyline of the island reintroducing the endemic Mediterranean vegetation in the perimeter and eradicating the invasive species of the rockery. The east side is milder with wide meadows opened to the stunning views of the surrounding cliffs while the core of the garden keeps its original subtropical vegetation around the lagoon pool. Romano Arquitectos is an Architecture and Interior design atelier founded in Barce- lona in 1992. The Ibiza office opened in 2002 and is –now- our main office. The team is composed by twelve architects and interior designers under the direction of Jaime Romano. Our main goal is excellency. We try to reach it in an open mind process through an intense dialogue with the client and a deep awareness of the place. We work hand by hand with all the actors of the construction process: builders, carpenters, engineers, landscape designers. We draw and redraw the details until we get a nat- ural balance between all factors –design | flow | ergonomics | cost | weight | timing. We live the construction experience as a multi-disciplinary and collaborative design journey. The purity of forms -cubic white volumes as a modern interpretation of the ver- nacular architecture of Ibiza-, the range of natural materials and textures -chosen from soft to rough- and the neutral colour palette propose an open dialogue with the wild nature around. The design of the grey wood porches around the house mitigates the intense light of the summer and creates a privacy filter to the bedrooms without obstructing the views. The interior is mild and harmonious. Oak floors -with an oyster finish- combine with white clean walls and a brass panelling that is the leitmotiv throughout the house. The main patio -a refer- ence to roman architecture- allows the brise to cool the house along the hot hours of the day and leads to the main terrace on the roof. Atelier Vierkant The entrance to the house is from the north and more exposed spot on the island. The ar- chitecture here is essential and bare -two white pure volumes-. We wanted to create a strong element that would recuperate the essentials of the house and lead the guest to the main door. The oversized clay pieces that Atelier Vierkant is able to produce, with their nuanced variation in texture and colour were just perfect! The base greyish tone was melting easily in the landscape with direct references to the grey of the rockery. Atelier Vierkant provided us with their “savoir faire” and their creativity. We were able to build together a teamwork that would resolve the whole challenge in its complexity: Developing the concept together, adapting our ideas to the specific technique of the ceramic, finding the right textures and tonalities, studying together the composition of the wall, resolving the tech- nical issues –exposures to intense 160 km/h winds - organizing the coordination with local teams, arranging the transport logistic to bring the 36 units of 2,30m through the narrow and bumpy dirt road. A private island for Rent The property offers accommodation for up to 16 guests in a sumptuous Master Suite and 7 additional, luxuriously appointed bedrooms with en-suite facilities, some of them with semi-open bathrooms to underline the beautiful Mediterra- nean setting of the island. The retrieval of cool culminates in the 750 square meters rooftop terrace with 270 degrees of spectacular sea views. It is the heart of Isla sa Ferradura, an important Ibizencan element and the quintes- sential social center. Equipped with 2 bars, shady pergolas, a DJ mixing deck and a stage for private concerts, there is not the slightest doubt that Isla sa Ferradura has discovered the pole position among the world’s most luxurious private islands. A large swimming pool at terrace level as well as a free shaped laguna pool set amidst tropical vegetation, and in future, a gym, wellness and spa facilities will complete the range of ameni- ties of this truly stunning escape.