Carmen House is a slice of Ibiza in Spanish suburbia. Designers Carles Faus Arquitectura have concocted a calm vision of island serenity in the heart of the bustling port city of Denia.
Calm, white simplicity reigns supreme. All that's lacking is the appropriate Ibizan soundtrack. Carles Faus Arquitectura say they've taken inspiration from the form of the traditional Ibizan country house with "simple clear lines, controlled light and the white colour".
Large cacti welcome visitors to the white concrete front garden, where the essential pool sparkles. The covered front terrace leads through floor-to-ceiling sliding doors into the living and kitchen area. Ingenious blinds convert the terrace into an all-white meditative zone.
Minimal furnishings feature aged wood. Logs are piled up next to a built-in wood burner. Textures throughout are as important as the minimalist decor. Upstairs the master bedroom has its own terrace.
The architects describe Carmen House as a white canvas, created by a variety of different pigments. White lime, for instance, is used to the exterior. This play on Ibizan minimalism gives Carmen House its soul. Isla Blanca has rarely been better evoked.
Photography by Mariela Apollonio