“Some time ago, an English client of mine at the time introduced me to feng shui, a Chinese art form which I try to apply to the Spanish landscape,” explains Valentín de Madariaga. “For me, feng shui is about the relationship between the environment and sunlight, and the creation of peace and harmony.” Foremost in the design of Casa Las Palmeras was the plot of land. De Madariaga explains: “The terrain determined where to position the six different columns, what their proportions would be, and where to put the garden elements.”
“The palms alongside the swimming pool make swimming lengths even more enjoyable, and the bamboo around the garden’s edges creates an intimate setting.” Like the architect, the resident of Casa Las Palmeras is an avid contemporary art lover. The ‘backbone’ of the residence, which threads together the structure and its various functions, is a long corridor that is used to display the owner’s personal art collection in varying formations. Indirect daylight illuminates the paintings along this corridor, which proceeds from the gymnasium to the dining and living areas, and then extends to the service areas and bedrooms of the parents and children. In total, the residence comprises 1,200 square metres. The various rooms are all oriented toward the covered terraces, which form a connection to the lawn.