By U Design Architecture & Interiors


This is a luxury villa with a gallery vibe and a party house par excellence.

The sophisticated and well-travelled owner of this property has seen it all, but he’s never seen anything quite like this before. This is a party house par excellence, created by UDesign with a sense of fun, exquisite taste and the best works of modern art in the world.

Words like unique, luxurious, chic and state-of-the-art, frequently misplaced and overused, are brought back to their true meaning in this extraordinary project. It is a luxury villa like no other. With its own DJ booth, a fully functional club bar, a huge outdoor kitchen, a 14 square metre exterior LED screen and an extensive 200 square metre pool area, the owner of this property can invite up to two hundred guests at a time for club standard entertainment from sunset to sunrise, all without leaving the house. La Cabana Pool & Lounge, reads the neon sign on a marble panel, and the space really does deserve a name of its own. Centered around the focal point of the pool are various entertainment zones that allow for a smooth transition between stages and moods of any gathering. Right under the sign, a simple white table and a set of huge candles create an intimate ambience for a dinner party under the stars with friends, perfect to kick off an exclusive private party.

As the evening goes on, one might be tempted to move to the casual bar area, complete with its own TV screen and music – a perfect place to observe the team of caterers and waiters preparing the setting, while the DJ and dancers start off the real party. Or one could take a stroll around the house, where each area has an iPad you can use to play music from playlists custom-made by the best lounge and club DJs for different moods, times of the day and musical tastes. For those who want to see the action without leaving the party area, and perhaps talk business, the mother of all chill-out zones is nearby, overlooking the pool. The dark wood contrasts beautifully with the white stone and green living wall, creating a timeless look. The table is much more than it appears: a water feature where each steel sphere is an individual fountain, floating with LEDs surrounding them. The white sofas by UDesign and Farooo floor lamps by Marcel Wanders for Moooi add to the perfect symmetry.

The pool area itself is exquisite. The white sofas come in a multitude of shapes: round beds custom-made by UDesign and reminiscent of Nikki Beach, while the cloud shaped benches are Lava by Karim Rashid for Vondom. The stone fire pit made by UDesign comes into play at night, further engaging the senses, with flames, gleaming water, music from the hidden speakers and palm trees giving the impression they rise straight from the pool itself. It all comes together here for an unforgettable experience. Adding a splash of colour to the entire pool area, the seemingly incongruous Pink Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons has now become one of the most iconic series of sculptures of our time, one 10-foot-tall version setting the world record in 2013 for the most expensive work of art by a living artist sold at auction. Other equally valuable artworks inside the house can also be seen from the pool area.

This is certainly a house for entertaining, and as the party winds down and the music subsides, one could move to the sitting area. The transition is seamless – the white stone floor is a foundation of both the outside and the inside. Here the feeling of being in a modern art gallery intensifies: quirky colourful pieces of furniture by B&B Italia, Brabbu, La Chance and Edra are cleverly placed around the eye-catching Rothko painting. The 6-foot black & white photographic image on one side cleverly extends one’s perspective, while the wall of shelves filled with small sculptures on the other side makes one feel like getting up and having a closer look. Number 105 Marbella Hills encompasses both impressive architecture and attention to every single detail of interior design.

Now might be the time for the massive LED screen, which worked amazingly well as a dynamic backdrop for dancers during the party, to slide back into its frame and turn into a water feature, achieved at the push of a button on the domotics system. The view of the pool area from the inside is a truly cosmopolitan mix, reminiscent of Sunset Boulevard in LA, but with a Mediterranean touch by the presence of 80-year-old olive trees.

Despite its contemporary look and focus on entertainment, the villa has spacious living and dining areas where the owners can spend time in a more private setting. The dining room is an amusing mixture of ultra-modern and antique. The classic chandeliers are paired with the lofty dining table but are at odds with the dramatic details in the ceiling. Meanwhile, the quirky rug from The Rug Society forms its own ensemble with purple avant-garde Ekstrem chairs, designed back in 1972 by Terje Ekström. The purple in the chairs continues into the dining area with its chill-out zone, full of vibrant colours and ethnic motifs. The stone wall with fireplace, complete with a round mirror that’s actually a television set, would make the perfect place for long winter afternoons of playing chess and smoking shisha. Paola Lenti sofas, decorative cushions and a carpet re-mastered from antique rugs recreate the ambience of a Moroccan living room, complete with a living ceiling and bamboo plants. A pool table and a hanging bubble chair complete this gorgeous space between the kitchen, dining and chill-out zone.

he villa’s television room features the vibrant colours and artistic themes of the formal lounge, but focuses on practicality, functionality and comfort, an area for the family to spend a lot of time in. Cosy B&B Italia sofas, beautiful and quirky Pipe armchairs by Moroso and a bookcase, illuminated at night, make the perfect setting for an all-night movie marathon.

The definitive colour accent is found in the floor to ceiling wallpaper (see below), which looks like a room in itself, giving a three dimensional feel to the space. It is, in fact, a photograph taken at one of India’s majestic royal palaces, and while it may not immediately appear to be the perfect choice for most contemporary luxury projects, it manages to look just right at ART HOUSE COMPORTA. 

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