John Pawson CBE has designed two villas for Sabina Ibiza, the first eco-inspired villa on the island. For the two villas, Can Adelfa and Can Almendro, Pawson has harnessed his philosophy of starkly simple architecture to create these exceptional bespoke homes located on Sabina's stunning west coast. Pawson's sense of engaging with the essence of a space through whatever the eye or hand sees is a defining aspect of his work.
Can Almendro, an impressive 7-bedroom villa, is built on 1,788m2 and sits on a plot of over 4,000m2. The picturesque villa boasts a 25m swimming pool, guest house, cinema room, wine cellar, TV room and the unparalleled panoramic sunset and sea views of Sabina Ibiza.
Can Adelfa, an equally impressive villa, has a total built area of 1,561m² on a plot of 3,775m². This 7-bedroom villa boasts 2 guest houses as well as a pool house, 25m swimming pool, cinema room, wine cellar, BBQ and enchanting sea and sunset views of the island . Despite its impressive size, John Pawson's architecture feels intimate and each villa is in harmony with the fascinating surroundings of Ibiza.
John Pawson's villa designs are part of Phase Three, for which 21 bespoke villas were designed by some of the world's most sought-after architects, and are located in elevated positions and with private terraces that give them exceptional views of the sea and the mountain. Pawson villas are thoughtfully designed to provide the perfect retreat, Phase Three villa construction to begin in the winter
John Pawson tells us about the project:
“One of the defining moments for me was standing on high ground and experiencing the exhilaration of the unobstructed view of the ravine. It is a spectacular site in a spectacular location, charged with the simultaneous drama of the sea and the mountains. We wanted the villas to feel intimate, to keep the scale from feeling too monumental. The use of local limestone and whitewash helps the architecture become part of the landscape, giving the impression of volumes that sit on the hill rather than rise from it. It was never about making a Parthenon or a Getty.
You have hills to the left and the sea to the right, but looking back, what's so nice is that you can see the hills too. And being on the edge of the ravine is quite impressive, it's almost like being on the edge of a cliff. Since people will be spending most of their time outdoors, having those three different layers that take you into the pool area is pretty special. We also put some extra rooms under the pool, so the circulation takes you through the house.
Sustainability is very important to the client and he wanted the architecture to be as eco-friendly as possible, so the use of glass is restricted and the walls are extra thick, to insulate against heat or cold, ensuring the interior temperature is maintained. pretty stable."
John Pawson CBE is an architectural designer who has spent over thirty years making starkly simple minimalist architecture. He has an unusual ability to connect with a wide audience with his vision of calm and thoughtful spaces that offer their users a unique experience.
Born and raised in Halifax, Yorkshire, Pawson moved to Japan in his early twenties after a period working in the family textile business. During his last year in Tokyo, he visited the studio of Shiro Kuramata, who had a profound influence on him. Returning to London he enrolled with the Architectural Association, leaving to set up his own practice in 1981.
Pawson's studio is comprised of 21 architects and designers whose commissions range from designer labels to boutique hotels, ballets, bridges, museums, galleries and luxury private homes. And during his career he has won numerous architecture and design awards and prizes, including the RSA Royal Designer for Industry, RIBA Special Award and RIBA National Award and Wallpaper* House of the Year.
From his London studio, he has built a series of distinguished individual homes in some of the world's most beautiful locations, a monastery in the Czech Republic, churches in Hungary and Germany, fashion stores for Jil Sander, Calvin Klein and Christopher Kane, The Jaffa Hotel in Tel Aviv and Edition hotels in Miami and Los Angeles. He has also just finished La Edition in Madrid. In addition, he is responsible for the architecture of the award-winning Design Museum in London. Along with his wife Catherine, they recently created a cookbook called Home Farm Cooking, published by Phaidon. For Pawson, whether at the scale of a saucepan, a ballet, a bridge, a yacht, or a house, it all goes back to a consistent set of concerns with mass, volume, surface, proportion, union, geometry, repetition, light, and ritual
The Sabina Ibiza team works closely with the Ibiza Preservation Fund (IPF) in support of their most important and vital projects that have a huge impact on preserving the island's most precious resources, such as Plastic Free Ibiza, Ibiza Produce and Water Alliance protection.