STUDIO KO ‘Villa E’
Perched high on a hill like a modern day monastery, the ‘Villa E’, sits at the base of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Designed by Frenchmen Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty of architectural ‘Studio KO’, it is romantic minimalism at its best. Thoughtful, well-executed spaces are expansive whilst remaining intimately soothing to the soul.
Clean lines set in structural precision control the fall of natural light in to the home as it delicately casts across textural walls. Outside walls, viewed from a carefully orchestrated window are a sun-scorched terracotta, blazingly bright against the calm neutrals of the villa’s interior.
Throughout, in materiality and craftsmanship, there is a deep appreciation for the inherent beauty and sense of history found in raw materials. The dry stonewall from local Oika stone is jig-sawed by a pure artisan, it is rustic yet meditatively rigourous. Its construction is nothing short of poetic when juxtaposed with the clarity of line seen elsewhere, in the lone marble plinth, so seamless in it’s perfection.
There is a majestic sense of scale to this grand haven. From the surrounding terrain, to the built environment with its towering walls, to its almost forbidding front door and vast pivoting walls of glazing. This is a contemporary abode with its spirit firmly rooted in its surrounding environment.
Credits: Studio Ko, Photography by Dan Glasser