Robb Report Italy – Sabina Ibiza

26 . 07 . 22

John Pawson Designs Two Sustainable Villas in the Heart of Ibiza


On the island of Ibiza, Sabina’s luxury Clubhouse and Villa Estate has collaborated with John Pawson CBE Designs to build two sustainable homes. The English designer, known for his polished minimalism, has designed two bespoke villas in Sabina: Can Almendro and Can Adelfa.

Offering a slower and more relaxed pace, away from the glittering lights of Ibiza’s most renowned nightclubs, Sabina allows you to discover the island’s wild side and connect with unspoiled nature. The first Villa Estate built on the island with an ecological approach, Sabina Ibiza welcomes those who want to indulge in a sustainable luxury holiday.

Sabina Ibiza and the natural rhythm of the Island

Sabina Ibiza Clubhouse

Founded in 2015 by a team of Real Estate experts based between England and Spain, Sabina’s goal is to build high-profile residential properties between La Isla and the Spanish territory.

The Ibiza project first came to life thanks to a group of international architects and designers, who have developed a unique architectural landscaping for Europe. Partners Anton Bilton (of The Lakes by Yoo), Glyn Hirsch and Agustín del Pino work in the name of sustainability, in close contact with the Ibiza Preservation Fund (IPF) to contribute to the conservation of the island.

The reduction of the impact of construction activities at the Sabina sites is constantly being implemented, together with the support of Plastic Free Ibiza and Ibiza Produce and Water Alliance Protection.

John Pawson CBE for Sabina Ibiza

For the construction of two new villas, Sabina involved John Pawson CBE, one of the most influential British architecture firms, based in London. The two residences born with an ecological concept, bear the mark of the rigorous simplicity that distinguishes the architect. The spirit of integration with and respect for the landscape guided Pawson’s work.

The two new buildings are part of the Phase Three of Sabina Ibiza which will begin in the winter of 2022, and involves the construction of 21 bespoke villas designed by the greatest architects in the world. Located in prestigious positions with terraces overlooking the sea, they serve as a perfect retreat at any time of the year.

Sabina Ibiza, Can Almendro

Can Almendro, an impressive seven-bedroom villa, is spread over an area of 1,788 square meters, in a plot of land of over 4,000 square meters. Outside it is equipped with a 25m swimming pool, a guest house, cinema room, cellar and unparalleled panoramic views of the sunset and the sea.

Equally impressive, Can Adelfa has a total area of 1,561sqm on a plot of 3,775sqm. This 7-bedroom villa has 2 guest houses, a pool house, a 25m swimming pool, cellar, cinema room and a barbecue. This house also overlooks the horizon of the sea. Despite the large size, John Pawson’s touch makes each villa feel intimate, and in harmony with their surroundings.

John Pawson’s concept

Can Almedro

One of the defining moments for me was standing on high ground and experiencing the exhilaration of the unimpeded view down the ravine. It is a spectacular site in a spectacular location, charged with the simultaneous drama of the sea and the mountains,” says the architect. “Both villas are intentionally very generous, so that each can accommodate the owners and their children comfortably, as well as two or three guests and their children. The point was to make places where everyone staying – guests and owners – has plenty of space inside and outside, to gather or withdraw, with shaded areas for eating and relaxing. At the same time, we wanted to make the villas look intimate – to avoid the scale feeling too monumental.”.

The use of limestone and lime help the architecture become part of the landscape, giving the impression of volumes that fit into the hill. “You’ve got hills to the left and the sea to the right, but looking back, what is so nice is that you can see the hills too. And being on the edge of the ravine is quite breathtaking,” concludes John Pawson.

Sustainability, a very important issue for customers, has guided the architectural choices of the two villas, designed to be as green as possible. The use of glass is limited and the walls are insulated to favour the natural heating and cooling of the rooms. Sabina is a natural paradise for unforgettable holidays on the island.

Can Adelfa