The homeowners collaborated with XBD Collective to uplift their sweeping six-bedroom Palm Jumeirah abode
Words by Laura Cherry in Design & Architecture · Nov 23rd, 2023
Clean lines and contemporary design principles characterise this sweeping coastal retreat, an inspired villa overlooking the shores of Palm Jumeirah. Outdoors, a collection of cosy cushions encircle an inviting fire pit while the palm-fringed infinity pool reveals a breathtaking vista of the sea. Step inside and experience a harmonious blend of neutral hues, gentle illumination, and intriguing accents including a striking architectural pendant that overhangs the dining table. Together these elements cultivate a serene ambiance without sacrificing character. XBD Collective's founder, Ellen Søhoel invites us on a tour of her ambitious renovation.
Ellen: Casa del Sol is a 6-bedroom, sea-facing villa located on Palm Jumeirah, designed by the team at XBD Collective. Our involvement encompassed architecture, interiors, and landscaping, ensuring a harmonious blend of indoor and outdoor spaces.
The transformation of the villa began with a vision to create a space exuding serenity and luxury. While retaining the villa's essential structural elements, the XBD team embarked on a complete redesign, resulting in a light-filled, open, and inviting space reminiscent of a high-end resort.
Ellen: The design process unfolded over three phases: conceptualisation, design development, and technical development, spanning approximately 6-7 months in total.
During phase one we gather mood images for each space. This is to show the client the design direction. We also worked on the conceptual layout during this stage. This includes the arrangement of furniture, the flow and spatial planning.
In phase two, based on the feedback we've received from phase one, we develop the design. We prepare 3D visuals, collect materials, and enhance the interior layouts. Then, we prepare selection boards including all the furniture items, sanitary ware fittings, and lighting. This helps the client to understand exactly what they're getting. This includes material combinations, finishes, furniture, and lighting, in each and every space. Phase two is time intensive and can take anywhere between two to three months as we meet with the client to gather their feedback and evolve our designs accordingly.
We then moved on to phase three, which again takes around two to three months to realise. In this phase, we develop our technical package. We develop the technical drawings for every space in the house including the elevation sections and the joinery. Our specification sheet details all the materials that we're using in the space, the furniture, the fabrics, and everything that's going into the house in alignment with the scope of the fit-out contractor.
A defining feature of this villa is its adaptability. Designed to cater to a wide range of tastes, it seamlessly transitions between styles, making it an attractive prospect for potential buyers. The personalisation of the owners' private spaces played a pivotal role, with bedrooms tailored to suit the family's evolving needs. The daughters' rooms evolved from playful spaces into sophisticated sanctuaries as they grew older during the project's design phase, all while maintaining a neutral colour palette to appeal to prospective buyers.
In the two daughters' bedrooms, you'll find a study table, a cosy seating area with a TV, and a separate sleeping area. In contrast, the master bedroom is designed with relaxation in mind, devoid of work-related elements since there's a separate office space. The common areas are intentionally bright and airy, with the inclusion of crystal elements.
The property embodies an aesthetic that seamlessly combines modern and timeless design elements. The selection of materials was a meticulous process, ensuring a harmonious composition of every element. We regularly visited marble yards with our clients, particularly for the bathroom marble. It was a painstaking process as we had to ensure that the veins flowed harmoniously into one another for visual cohesion.
An outstanding feature of the villa is its open ground floor layout. The spaces flow effortlessly, enhanced by joinery and feature screens that create an airy atmosphere. This design encourages movement and connection without compromising on privacy.
As the project progressed, adaptability became a priority. Adjustments to the furniture and lighting packages were made to align with the property's intended sale, resulting in a cost-effective solution that preserved the original design's essence.
Collaboration between architecture and interiors was fundamental to the project's success, ensuring a holistic approach to design. Reflective surfaces and thoughtfully selected materials enhanced the sense of space and light, fostering an inviting and expansive atmosphere.
The inclusion of furniture from brands like Laskasas and Desiree successfully combined luxury and comfort, reflecting the project's commitment to achieving opulence and practicality.
For me, Casa del Sol encapsulates the essence of modern luxury while maintaining a timeless allure. The villa's adaptability, meticulous attention to detail, and collaboration between various design disciplines make it a masterpiece that effortlessly caters to the desires of its owners and potential buyers alike.
Pictures courtesy: XBD Collective