MARINE VILLAS, KEP MERLI

MARINE VILLAS, KEP MERLI

collaborators : Porcelanosa ,Brunes, Epidamnus , Metra

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Marina Villas, Kep Merli
Villas in a Eco-resort
Boiken Developments
ark. Enea Kondakci , ark. Lorenxa Cakuli & Ani Cuedari
Ksamil, Albania
In construction
2017
240m² + 650m² plot

Ing Artan Caze, Ing Bledi Ceka, Skopos Design (landscape) / Falkensteiner

FROM THE ARCHITECT

The resort

Exploring the southern coast of Albania, sunshine, deep blue water and ancient paths of history blend with one another in the highest state of tranquility. Saranda excels at providing its visitors and inhabitants these three fundamental elements at their best, making the city one of the most prominent touristic destinations in the country. The islands of Ksamil and their incomparable beaches and vegetation are an added value to the town’s offerings.

Right in the middle of this natural haven, lie the two peninsulas, facing just 2 km to the north, the ancient island of Corfu. The area’s immense cultural heritage can be absorbed from both sides of the Ionic sea, as the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located right next door to the peninsulas. Tales of Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and Britons, have been left undisturbed for curiosity to explore, in a crossroad where centuries intersect to resonate throughout eternity.

This magical place was given the name of “Kep Merli” or Blackbird Cape, after the bird colonies inhabiting the myrtle shrubs in the area centuries ago. These dense myrtle shrubs that dominated the land, also referred to as the mythical plants of Aphrodite, were regarded as a symbol of well being and profound beauty. Local inhabitants named the site “Blackbird Forest”.

The ecological approach to architecture used throughout the resort’s conception, has enabled the construction of a natural system with carefully applied human values, encouraging the blackbirds to return once again. Respecting nature remains the ultimate guideline to our concept of a harmonized 21st century sustainable architecture.

Kep Merli is an eco-resort, which includes 2 luxury hotels, around 70 villas together with its  re-creative spaces  and facilities, it is developed in 28 Ha area, with an construction coefficient less than 7%.

This magical place was given the name of “Kep Merli” or Blackbird Cape, after the bird colonies inhabiting the myrtle shrubs in the area centuries ago. These dense myrtle shrubs that dominated the land, also referred to as the mythical plants of Aphrodite, were regarded as a symbol of well being and profound beauty. Local inhabitants named the site “Blackbird Forest”.

THE VILLAS DESIGN 

Constructed nearby a UNESCO-protected national park, the Kep Merli residential collection echoes the modern Mediterranean architectural style, with clean facades and open spaces. The minimal architectonic impact on nature, the unique design and rare terrain are some of Kep Merli’s strongest features. The first floor of each villa is characterized by an open plan, where functional areas harmonically intermingle. Fully retractable glass doors open onto extensive terraces, while high ceilings and generous windows maximize the exposure to natural light. Most importantly, at Kep Merli you never have to choose – in every room of every residence, the sea never leaves your eyes. The villas provide a lifestyle rather than a living space, turning the concept of a house into a temple of meditation and relaxation.

The resort includes 16 marine villas 2 and 3 + 1 and 2 elite villas of  5 + 1 .  Two villas already completed and ready to live in.  The rest of the resort, at the project stage.

Marine villa design is   a fusion between  the minimalist modern architecture that comes a bit cold in materials and details, together with the warm  typical Mediterranean architecture of the zone.

Interior design 

​The interior is perceived as an extension of the habitant’s skin, creating comfort in every material one touches that refines a particular space, in every scenery the sight sees and every fabric the skin swipes through.

 A barefooted enjoyment, as we like to call it, a serene space that seduces your mood with the sympathetic attractiveness of the honest material, leaving what remains of your spirit undisturbed as one protrudes through the thin air occupying the room.

Garden

Poetically designed by the international landscape-architecture studio SKOPOS, each garden offers an explosion of colors and Mediterranean fragrances, making for a quiet, yet animate space.

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