Childhood fantasies come true in this one of a kind ecological, modern, architectural dream.
“Neverland? Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. “
Deep inside the Ibizan forrest, on a slope running down towards the ocean, a childhood story book comes to life in the form of a magical home built by architect Andrés Jaque and art curator Enrique Polanco.
The playfully, chartreuse house with large, floor to ceiling windows and aquamarine walls is a trendy addition to the Cala Vadella Valley, perfectly contrasting its natural surrounds.
The home sits on a steep slope, set on stilts and follows the contours of the land, as opposed to cutting into the slope to make a flat plot.
Inspired by the idea of Peter Pan’s Neverland, Andres Jaque says that much of the building’s design comes from his admiration of the Italian-Brazilian architect, Lina Bo Bardi.
“She created several stunning buildings in Brazil that inspired me a lot. But I also like her way of looking at architecture as a social phenomenon.”
Considering the homes’ location and the need to minimise any ecological damage to the environment, no trees were felled during construction. Instead, the natural placement of these perennial plants is incorporated into the interior of the home. Tree trunks run through the floors and ceiling occasionally popping out the roof.
Although it took two years to create this unique home , Jaque insists that functionality and purpose were significant considerations in designing a home inspired by a fictional location.
“I have tried to create a house inspired by the story, but the starting point has always been that it should be functional. The owners should be able to live and thrive in the house. In this way, it is not a work of art,” adds Andrés Jaque.
Photography: Carin Tegner