An Easy-care Mediterranean Villa Enjoys its Setting
This delightful garden bathroom typifies the clean, open, and airy Santa Chritina Residence from Barcelona-based studio DNA Barcelona Architects.
Located in Sant Feliu de Guixols, a tourist town on the Mediterranean Costa Brava in Catalonia, and open to the sea, with privacy to the sides from neighbors, the house reverses the usual arrangement of public and private space, where bedrooms are normally upstairs.
At the lower level – opening directly out onto the garden lawn, are the most private areas of the house such as bedrooms and bathrooms, providing direct access to the swimming pool.
The nearby ocean creates a presence that permeates the setting with a casual, holiday resort ambiance.
Finishes are glossy low maintenance materials in a simple color scheme that make for relaxed living for a vacation home.
The living room, sun terrace, dining room and kitchen are all on the upper floor overlooking the sea and sunset views.
The unusual arrangement strikes a balance between the need for privacy and cool interiors in the Mediterranean climate, and openness to light and landscape.
Placing the public rooms including the colorful and cheerful kitchen upstairs takes best advantage of the lovely sea views out over the Mediterranean Sea.