|Project Name||The Ibiza Campo Loft||Posted in||Residential, Design, Interior Design||Location||
Ibiza Campo, San Lorenzo
|Area (sqm)||80||Client||Ibiza Campo||Completed||2018|
What would an urban loft look like, if it was magically placed in a typical rural setting? The answer to this very interesting design challenge is what triggered architect Jurjen van Hulzen, the creative talent behind Amsterdam-based architectural & design studio The Nieuw and Ibiza-based Ibiza Interiors, in transforming a 100-year-old abandoned warehouse into a contemporary loft. Once a workshop and storage building, the edifice situated in a remote mountain field in the northern part of Ibiza, has now been turned into a beautiful guesthouse and is a showcase project for Jurjen, who also owns the property.
Nestled on a lovely stretch of untamed, rugged land, the 80 square metre building had been left in very poor condition, with nothing standing but the walls and part of the roof, creating an empty shell that offered the architects a clean frame to work on, enabling them to invent its spatial elements from scratch. This creative freedom did not come without a price however, since the building had no electricity, water, or sewage systems; water had to be sourced from a private well and solar panels were installed for hot water, floor heating and electricity, offering the house the gift of self-sustainability.
The location and structure of the building set the tone for the whole concept, which was to keep the character of the traditional Ibizan architecture while infusing it with a modernistic approach. The concrete columns and steel beams that were still holding up the traditional roof, which was made from locally sourced Sabina wood, suggested a mix of industrial structures combined with rustic styles. This resulted in an exciting contrast between the two elements, inspiring the name ‘Campo Loft’ that freely translates to ‘industrial open living space on a field’. The project turned out to be an exercise in balance, resulting in a well-executed example of how architecture can fuse different styles without overreacting or underlining but simply allowing the two to meet, organically, in the middle.
A big open space on the south side of the building is connected to a spacious private terrace, featuring uninterrupted views of the valley below. In it, a custom made raw steel kitchen features a marble top and a steel-framed cupboard with sandblasted glass that follows the same pattern as the windows of the house. The elevated dining area sharing the same space comes with a built-in wooden bench showered by beautiful natural light from the glass window fixed on the roof, creating the feeling of an interior glass house.
The bedrooms occupy the two north corners of the house, thus kept dark and cool, while the bathroom features interior windows facing the living room fireplace and views of the natural environment surrounding the house. The free-standing bath, endowed with these precious views, sits on a herringbone pattern floor made from terracotta tiles, offering a modern connotation of a traditional Spanish design.
Concrete floors cover the rest of the house while the chalk and mud plastered stone walls enhance the raw beauty of the wooden roof. As with its Sabina beams, all the materials used in the project are local, except the powder coated steel used on the window frames, cupboard and doors.
The pool outside is surrounded by a beautiful pebbled deck that respects Campo Loft’s natural setting, while the yoga platform on the roof is embraced by the aromas from the fruit trees and the house’s vegetable garden. This is a comfortable and modern space with a basic, natural, and at the same time high-end character, a piece of unique design laid on a slice of heaven.