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GRAND DESIGN Living Large In La Geria

Thursday January 21, 2016

GRAND DESIGN Living Large In La Geria

There are some truly amazing private properties on Lanzarote. But whilst many owners tend towards reproducing traditional Canarian architectural styles others opt for an altogether more daring alternative, embracing cutting edge architecture and interior design in order to create more modern, bolder buildings.

One such example of this school of thought is the recent renovation of a former farm in La Geria, the island’s world famous wine growing region. Here, Berlin based architect Néstor Pérez Batista has crafted a stylish retreat with natural materials that creates a real visual connection with the surrounding lava fields and countryside.

Batista was in fact originally born on Lanzarote so obviously felt an intrinsic empathy with the project. And since leaving the island for Berlin he has worked on numerous prestigious commissions, including the Serpentine Pavilion in London and the New York Waterfalls in the US.

Batista’s brief on Lanzarote was to create a close relationship between the former finca buildings and the surrounding environment, something he has achieved by incorporating enormous windows in order to frame the amazing views and vista - a technique which was also employed by Cesar Manrique to great effect at his former home in Tahiche, now the César Manrique Foundation.

The single storey building was renovated using locally sourced materials, such as stone, wood and clay and is distributed along its east/west axis in order to maximise both light and views. You can find out more about the project and the architect by visiting Néstor Pérez Batista’s website.

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