Described as a “white cubic scultpure”, Los Limoneros is a family home in Spain, designed by Gus Wustemann Architects. The home is set above and around a large garden and is configured with large, covered outdoor spaces as well as functional spaces that are designed as “walls” which can remain enclosed or opened up to the adjacent garden to create a unique indoor-outdoor experience
The plot is situated in an suburban urbanisation of private villas next to a golf court near Marbella , Spain. The program is a house for a family with kids and a some guest rooms for visiting friends, a total of 480 sqm inside area. There was an existing house, typical for the area with a beautiful garden, we kept the plants.
DRAWINGS COURTESY GUS WUSTEMANN ARCHITECTS
Being in Andalucia, in the south of Spain, the idea was to create a huge garden with big covered outside spaces, giving some shade when needed, where you could live outside day and night, all year long. It’s all about catching that twilight with your friends and family, chilling out with some tapas and great Spanish wines.
At the same time we needed to create the necessary privacy towards the neighbouring buildings, so you could live outside without being exposed. The concept therefore is that the whole site is a garden surrounded with a peripheral wall filled with content, that’s the living room, a private garden. In the winter time, one covered part of the private garden can be closed with sliding windows and heated.
The periphery, the surrounding wall are filled with different programs so it communicates with the centre space of the ground floor. These contents wrap around the living space / garden like a never ending landscape. In the periphery there is a still water pond with waterfall, turtles and morning sun, herb garden, kitchen, bbq lounge, pool lounge, swimming pool – chill out pool area, jungle, atelier / library, entrance lobby. Depending of what time of the day, social occupancy and what mood one is in, you choose to interact with the peripheral programs, from leisure, sport to reading, chilling, cooking etc. There is an over the edge opening along the poolside, where there is a beautiful view to the mountains and where the evening sun comes in.
The bedrooms, family lounge and Yoga terrace are on the first floor, a patio with a perforated stone facade filters the light into the wardrobes and circulations of the private areas. Each room has a bathroom and a private patio attached. The master bedroom, bathroom and patio can be joined to one open space, enjoying sleeping and bathing outside, without being seen.
There are no windows or openings to the outside / public space, the house appears as a white and cubic sculpture, similar to the Moorish patio houses in Andalucia. Only the plants give a sign of the interior life to the outside. Everything is covered in white plaster, creating this endless playful landscape just covered by the deep blue Andalucia sky, it’s there to host people.