Architectural Digest Middle East – Perfect Balance

01 . 07 . 22

This simple-yet-sophisticated Ibizan villa combines blissful seclusion with the convenience of a private members’ club at the island’s smartest address!

White-plastered stone walls and wooden ceiling beams: homes have been built the same way on the Balearic Islands for centuries.

This villa, designed by the architect Rolf Blakstad, was chosen by London-based art dealer Simon Lee and his wife Carine among the 50 luxury homes that form Sabina Estates, a private Ibizan residential complex where the management of the design-led buildings and tranquil gardens is taken care of so that holidaying at home is blissfully free of any practical worries.


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The architect’s credo is that a house should be able to adapt to different uses over the course of a day and feel like an extension of the landscape rather than an imposition.

“The lesson we have learned from ancient Mediterranean architecture is that contemporary construction techniques need to be sustainable,” Blakstad says. Accordingly, the materials Blakstad has selected are time-honoured: lime-washed walls, limestone floors and chestnut-beamed ceilings (with Forest Stewardship Council certification).