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CREATORS OF CONTEMPORARY VILLAS IN MARBELLA´S FINEST LOCATIONS

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BESPOKE PANORAMA

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CONTENTS ISSUE 6 6

CHIC MARBELLA Capital of contemporary glamour

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ESSENZA LIVING A unique villa design concept

14 EXPERT ADVICE General investment terms and taxation The key role of a technical architect Vision of a passive house model

20 ARCHITECTURAL STYLE A personal introduction by Carlos Lamas

24 PROPERTY SHOWCASE (COMPLETED PROJECTS) Exceptional Setting Bespoke Panorama Spacious Modernity Sublime Intimacy Picture-Postcard Luxury Beachside Bliss

56 MODERN TRENDS Cutting-edge style in Marbella

70 PROPERTY SHOWCASE (Under Construction) Endless Style Venerable Vista Seasonal Haven State-of-the-Art Excellence Natural Purity Incomparable Elegance Expansive Splendour Timeless Living Stately Charm

104 TAILOR-MADE SMART HOMES Creating stunning ambiences 110 MARKET OUTLOOK Ongoing positive trends

112 CONSTRUCTION CHECKLIST Obtaining planning permission Building in Marbella

116 THE PROFESSIONALS Essenza’s Select Group of Preferred Partners

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ESSENZA LIVING INSPIRATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE

In this edition of Essenza Living we would like to welcome the many families who have decided to become part of the Marbella lifestyle in 2018 and are now residents or frequent visitors to the Coast. This year is moving at full speed with construction taking place everywhere and new developments for not only individual residences but also luxury apartment complexes. The luxury housing area has now expanded into more municipalities forming the “Golden Triangle” and comprising Marbella, Benahavís and Estepona. This growth in activity within the residential construction industry has resulted in new market areas which nobody had really predicted. Essenza has developed many different projects this year with a focus on increasing the quality of construction and application

of new technology. We have started working on passive home systems, which have been implemented in many other European countries and maximise energy-efficiency. Together with various technical teams, we aim to improve sustainable energy whilst achieving maximum living comfort. We go into 2019 with great expectations, not only because of the great volume of construction that is set to take place, but also for the development of contemporary architecture which will become increasingly more prevalent. Seven years ago, there was little interest in cutting-edge design, but the reality is that it has now become more popular than anyone could ever have expected. Welcome to contemporary Mediterranean living!

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MARBELLA STYLE AND SOPHISTICATION Marbella’s glamorous past dates to the 1950s, when the early “jet-setters” gathered at Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe’s luxurious beachside residence to party during the day and dance the night away. Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Maria Calla, Aristotle Onassis, Ted Kennedy, Gunther Sachs and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were among the wealthy and famous from around the world who sipped champagne by the sea and dined on exquisite Mediterranean delicacies at the sprawling finca that was to become Marbella Club Hotel. Over the past half-century, that golden age has undergone various transformations but Marbella today remains a splendidly cosmopolitan, diverse and affluent area offering everything from trendy beach bars, select boutiques, Michelin-star restaurants, five-star hotels and exclusive nightclubs to picturesque marina resorts, highly-regarded international schools and several world-class golf courses… an incomparable mix of contemporary chic and traditional allure. Extending from Elviria to the east, home to some of the Coast’s finest beaches, through the venerable cobble-stoned streets of the Old Town, along the celebrated Golden Mile to sumptuous Puerto Banús and, just beyond, San Pedro de Alcántara, and into the verdant mountain hinterland, Marbella has become a home away from home for hundreds of thousands of expatriates. And, as the stunning properties featured in this sixth issue of Essenza Living highlight, they have found an exceptional range of homes from lavish penthouses to palatial mansions. All (at least those showcased in these pages) built or renovated in a cutting-edge modern architectural style. MARBELLA… FOR TRULY PRIVILEGED CONTEMPORARY LIVING.

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ESSENZA LIVING CREATORS OF HIGH-QUALITY MODERN VILLAS IN MARBELLA’S FINEST LOCATIONS

Essenza Living is a quality brand in the design and construction of contemporary homes. Founded by leading architect Carlos Lamas and international property developer Patrick van Dam, Essenza Living is a unique design concept tailored for clients who seek the development or refurbishment of high-quality, contemporary villas featuring up-to-date styling and standards, as well as for investors looking to maximise returns by creating unique modern properties of superlative architectural design and finish, set in prime locations. Essenza villas have become a reference point in the market for cutting-edge contemporary styling. These homes are in tune with the ambient lifestyle of Marbella and appeal strongly to discerning international buyers, especially those from across northern and central Europe. Land resources are becoming extremely limited in Marbella; its immediate surroundings are fully consolidated, and many of the properties on the market today require either full reconstruction or extensive renovation. Well-connected and active in the market, Essenza Living has access to rare opportunities, which in turn enables the company to create stunning new homes in the most sought-after settings, for end-users and investors alike. This, together with the uniqueness and pedigree of the properties created, ensures solid, long-term real estate investment. Essenza is involved in the entire process from sourcing and surveying to design, building, project management and the eventual marketing of bespoke modern villas. www.vimeo.com/essenzamarbella

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GLOBAL STYLING CONCEPT

ESSENZA SERVICES DEVELOPERS: · Total design concept for new contemporary villas and refurbishments by Carlos Lamas Architects · Interior design · Landscaping PROJECT MANAGEMENT: · Supervision on-site during construction · Tendering of builders · Regular reports · Purchasing of materials and installations REAL ESTATE: · Marketing and sales of Essenza modern villas · Consultancy prior to development (for land or existing houses), specialising in sourcing optimum sites and projects for clients

Carlos Lamas is an established and highly respected Argentinean architect based in Marbella for more than 20 years. Internationally recognised as one of the most forward-thinking architects in southern Spain, he has an impressive portfolio of contemporary houses, urbanisations and public buildings to his name. Carlos’ work has been featured in both national and international press, publications and architectural magazines. His projects combine architecture and interior design in a global styling concept. You can find his distinctively designed villas in prime Costa del Sol residential areas including Sierra Blanca, Lomas de Puente Romano, Camoján, Guadalmina Baja, La Zagaleta, Los Monteros, Elviria, Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbesa, Los Flamingos and Sotogrande.

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OUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT “Turnkey” projects from start to delivery, including:

FEASIBILITY Finding right investment (location) for new construction or refurbishment Assisting with legal and technical matters concerning investment Architectural Report & Construction Survey by technical architect (engineer) Design project and building project by Carlos Lamas Architects Preliminary budget costing and planning of project

PRE-CONSTRUCTION Obtaining licences and permits to build or renovate a house Tendering for construction companies and assistance with selection process Preparation of works planning, project cash flow programme and building contract

CONSTRUCTION Supervision on-site during construction process Assistance with selection of suppliers and materials Regular project management reports Gardening and landscape design project Interior design Obtaining First Occupancy Licence after completion Marketing property (if required)

CONTACT DETAILS Tel. (+34) 609 572 275 · (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com · www.essenzaliving.com

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OVERVIEW

TURNKEY PROJECTS FROM START TO FINISH FEASIBILITY · Find the right investment (location) for new construction or refurbishment · Assist with all legal and technical matters concerning the investment · Architectural Report & Construction Survey by the technical architect (engineer) in the case of an existing house · Design project and building project by Carlos Lamas Architects · Preliminary budget costing and planning of project PRE-CONSTRUCTION · Obtaining required licences and permits to build or renovate a house · Tender between qualified and reputable construction companies and assistance in the selection process · Preparation of works planning, project cash flow programme and building contract CONSTRUCTION · Supervision on-site during construction process, including validation of works executed · Assisting in selection of suppliers and materials for kitchens, domotics, bathrooms, etc. · Project management: regular reports with updates, images, briefings, etc. · Gardening and landscape design project · Interior design · Obtaining First Occupancy Licence after completion to connect utility suppliers · Marketing property (if required)

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OUR SERVICES DEVELOPERS Total design concept for new contemporary villas and refurbishments by Carlos Lamas Architects Interior design Landscaping

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Supervision on-site during construction Tendering of builders Regular reports Purchasing of materials and installations

REAL ESTATE Marketing and sales of modern villas Consultancy prior to development (for land or existing houses), specialising in sourcing optimum sites and projects for clients

CONTACT DETAILS Tel. (+34) 609 572 275 · (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com · www.essenzaliving.com

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REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT GENERAL TERMS AND TAXATION IN SPAIN By Francisco Sánchez Jiménez (Sánchez & Beck Abogados)

In general terms, there are several ways of investing in real estate: you might be interested in buying a property directly from a developer or from a previous buyer; or buying a plot of land and building your own house. We will focus this article on the last of the cases – i.e. the purchase of a plot of land and the construction of a house – although we will also outline some general ideas about taxation for the rest of the cases. 1. Acquisition of a house/building from the developer (first transfer of the real estate): this occurs either when the developer makes the first transfer once the construction is finished or when the transfer is made when the developer has been using the property itself for less than two years. This transfer is subject to the payment of IVA/VAT (10% of the price) and duty stamp (1.5% of the price or 0.3% of the price if less than €130,000, the acquirer is younger than 35 years of age and the property will become the main residence). 2. Second transfer of a house/building: this would happen when there is a prior transfer of the property or when the promoter has been using the property for more than two years before the purchase. In this case, there is no IVA/VAT involved (except when both seller and purchaser are IVA/VAT payers). This kind of transfer is subject to transfer tax. This tax, as well as duty stamp, depends on the autonomous community. In the

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Andalucian region, the percentage to be applied to the purchase price is 8% (from €0 to €400,000), 9% (from €400,000 to €700,000) and 10% (from €700,000 on). No duty stamp is involved when the purchase is subject to transfer tax. Nevertheless, there are some exceptions to the percentages above-mentioned. Transfer tax would be just 2% if the house is bought as an investment property and is re-sold less than five years after the purchase (some other requirements need to be fulfilled). If the price is less than €130,000, the buyer is younger than 35 years of age and the property will become the main residence, transfer tax would be 3.5% of the purchase price. Reduced IVA/VAT of 10% is also applicable to the refurbishment of an old house if the property will be considered as a first domicile (all of it or more that 50% of the construction), if the restoration does not take longer that two years, and if the constructor does not provide the materials (or provides less than 40% of the budget). If those requirements are not fulfilled, IVA/VAT would be the standard 21%. 3. Buying an urban plot of land and building a house: declaration of the new construction. This declaration seeks to synchronise the plot information with the information at the land registry. Tax on the purchase of an empty plot of land would be the same as the transfer tax on the purchase of a house that we just referred to previously. As well as in the previous case, no duty stamp is involved.

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If IVA/ VAT is involved (i.e. the buyer and seller are IVA/VAT payers) the tax would be 21% and not 10%. In this case, it would also be subject to the payment of 1.5% of duty stamp. Declaration of the new construction is subject to the payment of another 1.5% of duty stamp of the construction value. The construction is also subject to the payment of the construction licence to be granted by the town hall. The declaration of a new construction is to be bestowed through a notarised title deed and can either be done once the building is completed (most of the cases) or before (normally when the owner needs to be financed). If you want to declare an old construction, the payment of the tax might have become expired (four years for constructions finished prior to May 2000; 10 years for buildings finished after that date). Formalities to grant the declaration of a new construction are the following: construction licence; certification of the architect in charge of the construction certifying that the building has been finished following the project in which the licence was granted; decennial insurance; licence of first occupation; energy certification; and construction book (with details of the building, parties involved in the works, maintenance instructions, guarantees, etc).

DECLARATION OF NEW CONSTRUCTIONS • Construction licence • Architect’s certification of finalisation according to the licence • Decennial insurance • First occupation licence • Construction book

DECLARATION OF OLD CONSTRUCTIONS • Architect’s certification with construction age and description of the building • Cadastre certification

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JMR TECHNICAL STUDIO TECHNICAL ARCHITECT: A KEY ROLE

For many of our clients from other countries, the role of the “aparejador”, “arquitecto técnico” or “ingeniero de la edificación” (however it is described) is an unresolved mystery when they embark on their first project in Spain. The main reason is because in their countries of origin this professional does not exist with the same responsibilities as in Spain. In many European Union and non-EU countries some of the technical architect’s designated responsibilities are taken on by architects, various tasks by quantity surveyors and others by engineers. In many cases, this work – during the building phase – is assumed by construction-consultants. The technical architect and/or building engineer’s responsibilities are regulated by Spanish law, especially the L.O.E. (Ley Orgánica de la Edificación, or Fundamental Building Law) and other norms that bring this up-to-date. To determine the origin of this professional we need to return to the Middle Ages. They were the “maestros de obras” (“master builders”) who carried out the engineering and technical work for such major civilian and religious projects as castles, palaces, cathedrals and churches; they worked closely with the architects. Their main responsibilities include aspects of project management during the building phase. One of the technical architect’s key roles is as project building manager (in the case of the architect, project developer and project manager). In practical terms, while the work is being carried out, this translates into supervision and management of the building work in relation to technical solutions for the effective adaption of the project design, cost control, schedule control and external quality controls as required by the builder, and technical support for the developer during the construction phase. Another major role attributed to the technical architect is preparing the project-study for health and safety, as well as coordination of work safety during construction. This entails a great

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deal of responsibility, and is a role that is not always properly understood by various other representatives involved in the project development. Even though these are the key roles of the technical architect when a home is being built, in practice, JMR Technical Studio (with Jesús Martín Rojas at the helm) has for many years been making other contributions to help the developer ensure a project is developed properly, right from the start: i.e. monitoring the quotes and bids supplied as part of the comparative study; preparing a full report that enables the developer to negotiate and choose the best option; and providing advice on construction company contacts, with the OCT (Oficina de Control Técnico, or Technical Control Office) and Seguro Decenal (10-year insurance) – both concepts controlled by law. In addition… technical advice in the event of disagreements with the construction companies, providing mediation and arbitration in order to avoid legal conflicts among the respective parties; advice for the developer on purchase and materials management; and an extensive range of other management processes that might occur unexpectedly during the project development, such as relations with the town hall and other authorities. Finally… JMR Technical Studio’s aim is to be a technical office that provides “made-to-measure outfits, specialising in quality and designer residential homes, in close collaboration with architects’ studios with whom we have the good fortune to be working – and operating as a team to ensure a first-class conclusion to our clients’ projects.” Jesús Martín Rojas - Arquitectura Técnica Estudio Técnico JMR, C.C. Las Petunias, Local 8, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel./Fax (+34) 951 275 125 - info@estudiotecnicojmr.com

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PASSIVE HOUSE VISION THE NEW LUXURY OF COMFORT

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Adopting a Passive House model makes the presence of active heating systems almost unnecessary. Supply is mainly provided by the sun’s heat, by energy generated by the home’s occupants, by domestic devices and by recycling waste air. How is this possible? In the first place, due to “passive” components such as windows with thermal insulators, heat exchange systems and efficient insulation. Furthermore, it is an energy concept that can be applied to any architectural design, construction style or material. Energy consumption is reduced to a minimum thanks to the application of passive measures of insulation, sealing, forced aeration and air heat recovery. Comfort is unmatched when compared to that of a traditional house. Temperatures are homogeneous throughout the house, and there are no drafts or unwanted infiltrations. Indoor air quality is optimised by renovating the ventilation system and its filters, reducing dust accumulation. In 2020, High Energy Efficiency Construction Directives will enter into force, and this will mean that houses, as well as appliances, will have an energy efficiency value from “D” to “A”. Certified Passive House homes are allocated an energy efficiency of A Plus, which makes them stand out prominently in the real estate market, as housing that ensures the greatest energy efficiency. The figures bear this out, with both energy demand and CO2 pollution reduced to one-tenth. The cost of construction is about 10 per cent higher than traditional costs, but is fully recouped after about eight years. Then the home’s consumption will be 10 per cent compared to the same housing operating with a traditional system. PASSIVE HOUSE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY The Passive House Standard can be combined conveniently with on-site renewable energy generation and, since April 2015, the new building classes “Passive House Plus” and “Passive House Premium” have been available for this supply concept. Passive House buildings for all kinds of uses now exist throughout the world. In addition to residential and office buildings there are kindergartens and schools, sports halls, swimming pools and factories built as Passive House buildings, while the first Passive House hospital in the world is being constructed in Frankfurt am Main. Interest in the Passive House concept is growing significantly and - bearing in mind the level of resources in industrialised countries and the need to contain global warming - municipalities, businesses and private individuals are increasingly implementing new constructions or retro-fits to the Passive House Standard. In short, the Passive House model of today meets the energy-efficiency requirements of tomorrow. Carlos Lamas - Architect for Domenostrum www.domenostrum.com

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CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE A LOCAL MEDITERRANEAN VISION By Carlos Lamas 20

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What we refer to as contemporary or modern architecture tends to cause confusion in the client/architect relationship. In architecture, there is a clear difference between contemporary and modern, but this is not necessarily the case among clients. The current demand for modern homes can be traced back to when specialist magazines brought the general public’s attention to latest trends in interior equipment and furnishings, such as kitchens and bathrooms. From that moment, homeowners began to see new spaces and architectural styles that varied from the traditional. In the case of Marbella, this has been linked directly to an Andalucian or Mediterranean style.

New technology has facilitated the development of large-format window systems, and interior air-conditioning at a level of efficiency impossible to achieve previously. Mediterranean beach architecture for second homes in Marbella was always associated with demand within the British market – people seeking an Andalucian identity in the styling of their homes. However, the crisis in recent years led to Britons being displaced by clients from the Benelux and Scandinavian countries. With a more modern vision back in their home countries, these new clients seek contemporary homes that not only offer designer dÊcor but also a more open-plan architectural style.

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Homeowners in the Balearic Islands and on the Costa Brava became aware of the added value of modern/contemporary design well before we did on the Costa del Sol, but now this style has taken southern Spain by storm. Clients now want generous and open elevations, level ceilings, accessible solarium enclosures, expansive window systems and more. In this context, as architects we need to recognise the fact that homes in the Mediterranean climate should incorporate new architectural elements that are not in demand in colder countries, such as covered terraces and solariums. Looking beyond the concept of architecture for architects – that

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is, objects that speak a specific code which is out of the reach of most clients – I would like to highlight the importance, in my work as an architect, of including elements that move us away from an architecture of objects, and focus on the value of a home’s individual use and functionality. To that end, working with top-class materials for façades and interiors is essential in order to achieve a balance between aesthetic modernity and comfort and functionality in a home. New times, new technologies… homes are constantly undergoing radical changes. Those who are able to secure balance and flexibility in design will be the ones who prevail and endure over time.

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EXCEPTIONAL SETTING ONE OF ESSENZA’S NEWEST SIGNATURE VILLAS IN THE HIGHLY DESIRABLE LA ALQUERÍA AREA IN BENAHAVÍS, THIS ULTRA-MODERN PROPERTY OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS TO THE SEA AND OVER THE 18-HOLE NUEVA ATALAYA GOLF COURSE.

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The home is positioned on a beautiful south-west oriented plot of nearly 1,600 square metres. It was developed with top-quality finishes in line with Essenza’s premium standards for design and functionality, and comprises such highly desirable features as a water-based under-floor heating system, bespoke carpentry, latest domotic (home automation) system, Italian tiles, branded bathrooms and architectural lighting.

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FEATURES: Plot: 1,359.47 m2 | Built Area: 808.44 m2 | Covered Terraces: 81.17 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement, Roof solarium | Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 6 + Toilet Parking Space: 2 Cars | Other Facilities: Multi-Purpose Room, Pool

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BESPOKE PANORAMA THIS STRIKING NEW VILLA IS LOCATED IN THE POPULAR LA ALQUERÍA AREA IN BENAHAVÍS, A RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX OF LUXURY VILLAS AND APARTMENTS SURROUNDED BY AN 18-HOLE GOLF COURSE. ESSENZA

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Positioned on a magnificent plot that extends over 1,500 square metres and offers superb panoramic views over the golf course, sea and mountains, this imposing property was completed in summer 2017. It is being developed with top-quality finishes in line with Essenza’s premium standards for design and functionality, and comprises such highly desirable features as a water-based under-floor heating system, bespoke carpentry, latest domotic (home automation) system, Italian tiles, branded bathrooms and architectural lighting.

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FEATURES: Plot: 1,504.71 m2 | Built Area: 543.27 m2 | Covered Terraces: 64.82 m2. Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement | Bedrooms: 5. Bathrooms: 5 + Toilet. Parking Space: 2 Cars | Other Facilities: Cinema, Pool

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SPACIOUS MODERNITY WITH ITS EXCEPTIONAL LOCATION, DESIGN AND SEA VIEWS, THIS VILLA IS SIMPLY SPECTACULAR. THE PROPERTY IS DESIGNED IN AN L-SHAPE AND FACES SOUTH-EAST TO CAPITALISE ON THE VIEWS AND ORIENTATION OF THE SUN. 36

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Its three levels are highlighted by spacious living and relaxation areas, all connected to the outdoors by terraces or porches and enabling homeowners and guests to enjoy the renowned Mediterranean climate throughout the year. An infinity pool set out perpendicularly to the home adds a wonderful perspective and link with the sea. Modern, simple and attractive, the villa also features an interior dĂŠcor that satisfies those with the most discerning tastes and requirements.

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FEATURES: Plot: 1,572.26 m2 | Built Area: 671.40 m2 | Covered Terraces: 79.89 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement | Bedrooms: 6 | Bathrooms: 6 + Toilet Parking Space: 2 Cars | Other Facilities: Wine Cellar, Multi-Purpose Room, Pool

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SUBLIME INTIMACY THIS SPACIOUS AND PRIVATE VILLA ENJOYS STUNNING SEA VIEWS. ITS MODERN ARCHITECTURE, OPEN-PLAN LIVING AND COMFORTABLE LAYOUT IS HIGHLIGHTED BY A FLOATING STAIRCASE, INFINITY POOL AND ROOFTOP TERRACE.

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It has been created using top-quality finishings in line with Essenza’s high standards in terms of design and functionality, with such premium features as a water-based under-floor heating system, bespoke carpentry, latest domotic home automation system, Italian tiles, branded bathrooms and architectural lighting.

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FEATURES: Plot: 905 m2 | Built Area: 314 m2 plus porches and terraces Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 5 Basement over 100 m2 (with option of more bedrooms or gym/cinema room)

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Instalaciones Abdalajis S.L. is a highly experienced and accredited company in the building installation and systems industry, specialising in project design and development. They make projects designed to be environmentally-friendly and cost-effective, without altering the functionality and practicality of the installations. Quality is not only based on the results achieved but also on the process. Instalaciones Abdalajis guarantee absolute attention to detail in the design, development and maintenance of the installation including the security and efficiency. Our services cover everything from project development and specialist assistance to project management. We work with the whole gamut of building services and installations, including electric, lighting, home automation, telecommunications, air-conditioning, underfloor heating, gas, plumbing, sanitation, solar energy and pools.

Tel: 952 808 238 | info@instalacionesabdalajis.es | www.instalacionesabdalajis.es

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PICTURE-POSTCARD LUXURY WITH ITS PICTURESQUE FRONTLINE GOLF SETTING, THIS IMPOSING MODERN SIGNATURE VILLA IS ONE OF THE MOST COVETED PROPERTIES IN THE LA ALQUERÍA LUXURY URBANISATION IN BENAHAVÍS.

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It is located on an exceptionally attractive plot of 1,450 square metres, with spectacular panoramic views overlooking the luxuriant golf course fairways and greens, lake, sea and mountains. It is being developed with top-quality finishes in line with Essenza’s premium standards for design and functionality, and comprises such highly desirable features as a water-based under-floor heating system, bespoke carpentry, latest domotic system, Italian tiles, branded bathrooms and architectural lighting.

FEATURES: Plot: 1,427.22 m2 | Built Area: 770.94 m2 | Covered Terraces: 215.38 m2 Basement: 260 m2 (allowing for more bedrooms or other facilities) Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement | Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 5 + 2 Toilet Parking Space: 2 Cars | Other Facilities: Multi-Purpose Room, Pool Price on application

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Good days start at night

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www.boconcept.es malaga@boconcept.es marbella @boconcept.es

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BoConcept & PlusStore Mijas

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Ctra. de Mijas km 3,5

Ctra. N-340 km 176,

Calle Ramón Areces S/N

29650 Mijas, Málaga

29602 Marbella, Málaga

29660 Puerto Banús, Málaga

Tel. +34 951 242 092

Tel. +34 951 492 727

boconceptbanus@gmail.com

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BEACHSIDE BLISS THIS CORNER PROPERTY IN THE HIGHLY COVETED MARBESA RESIDENTIAL ESTATE IS WALKING DISTANCE FROM MARBELLA EAST BEACH

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Due to the sloping plot, entry is via the eastern access to a double garage and utility room, with the main entrance on the northern side. The whole home opens to the south with great sea views. Its convenient and comfort-orientated features, and close proximity to all the key services of Elviria (including bilingual schools), make it the ideal home for all-year family living. There are also top restaurants in the beach area five minutes away. The home itself is highlighted by modern lines and first-class installations.

FEATURES: Plot: 1,131.37 m2 | Built Area: 645.41 m2 | Covered Terraces: 80.94 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement, Roof Solarium Bedrooms: 7 | Bathrooms: 7 + Toilet | Parking Space: 2 Cars Other Facilities: Cinema, Play Room, Pool

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UNITING THE INDOORS WITH THE OUTDOORS The house communicates with the outside through windows of minimalist design, achieving the perfect union between spaces with maximum transparency, security and thermal and acoustic insulation.

ALMA 2011 S.L.L. FABRICANTE INSTALADOR HOMOLOGADO

C/ La Flauta Mรกgica, nยบ 54. Pol. Ind. Alameda. 29006 Mรกlaga | T.+34 952 362 451 | http://aluminier.es/alma-2011

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ESSENZA TRENDS

AVANT-GARDE STYLE ESSENZA LIVING EXEMPLIFIES CUTTING-EDGE AND CONTEMPORARY STYLE. HERE WE FEATURE SOME OF THE LATEST TRENDS IN INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN, IDEAL FOR EXCEPTIONAL MODERN HOMES IN MARBELLA.

The Up 2000 collection by B&B Italia (www.bebitalia.com).

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completing projects to the highest quality, on time and within your budget - every time

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LIVING ROOMS Make your living room sublimely special with a contemporary-style sofa or armchair so you can relax in absolute elegance.

Above: The Favn sofa by Fritz Hansen (www.fritzhansen.com).

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BUILDING AND PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT EXPERTS IN TURNKEY HOUSING PROJECTS SINCE 1980

Ronda central office: Calle Naranja 31-33, Local 1. Marbella office: Camino Camojรกn 7, Edif. Camojรกn, L 2 Tel. (+34) 952 870 760 info@rugue.es | www.rugue.es

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Top: The Tabano armchair with the Husk sofa and a small table from B&B Italia (www.bebitalia.com). Above Left: The F585 swivel chair by Artifort (www.artifort.com). Above Right: Harry armchairs by Ligne Roset (www.ligne-roset.com).

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MARKET LEADERS IN THE WORLD OF LUXURY BUILDING

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Pol. Industrial Estepona, C/ Marconi 5, Estepona 29680, Mรกlaga | C/ Tecnologia 10, Oficina 1, Jerez de la Frontera 11407, Cรกdiz Tel. (+34) 951 974 564 / 956 185 661 / 630 553 811 | Email. info@grupocpad.es | Web. www.grupocpad.es

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OUTDOOR LIVING Mediterranean living is all about enjoying an al fresco lifestyle. Here are some great ideas for outdoor furniture featuring a stunning contemporary style…

Top: DNA sofa collection by Gandia Blasco (www.gandiablasco.com). Above Left: The Anibal daybed in chocolate brown by Skyline Design (www.skylinedesign.com). Above Right: Bay reclining sun lounger by Gloster (www.gloster.com).

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Top: The Air dining table with Echo chairs by Manutti (www.manutti.com). Above: The Vertex range by Vondom (www.vondom.com).

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[experts in interiors since 1970]

BESPOKE LUXURY INTERIORS We help our clients to create unique interiors. We are a firm specialized in high decoration, with over 45 years’ experience as an international supplier of products for luxury interior design projects. We are distributors of over 600 top international design brands, as well as our own GUNNI&TRENTINO exclusive products.

Showroom: Hotel Marbella Club, Local 2, Blv. Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella Showroom Tel. (+34) 951 968 771

Contract Division: C.C. Marbella Real, Local 24, Blv. Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella Contract Division Tel. (+34) 951 777 817

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TABLEWARE One of the sublime pleasures of living in any of the stunning contemporary homes featured in this latest issue of Essenza is being able to invite friends and family to a dinner party in sumptuous surroundings - with an added touch of glamour provided by stylishly chic tableware.

Top Left: Coloured Delight range by Villeroy & Boch (www.villeroy-boch.com). Top Right: The Kubus Bowl from byLassen (www.bylassen.com). Above Left: Elegant cutlery set from Bolia (www.bolia.com). Above Right: Black Fluted set by Royal Copenhagen (www.royalcopenhagen.com).

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LIGHTING Create a wonderful ambience with contemporary lighting solutions that look beautiful when illuminated and are like works of art when not.

Top: The Ura suspension lamp by Arturo Alvarez (www.arturo-alvarez.com). Above Left: The Birdie ceiling lamp by Foscarini (www.foscarini.com). Above Right: The Pleat ceiling lamp by Marset (www.marset.com).

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Top: The Maggiolina table lamp by Exnovo (www.exnovo-italia.com). Above Left: The LED28 wall light by Tunto (www.tunto.com). Above Right: The Konica floor lamp by Fambuena (www.fambuena.com).

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ENDLESS STYLE LIKE A WATCHTOWER PRESIDING OVER THE MOUNTAIN PEAK, THIS THREE-STOREY VILLA IN LA PANERA (ESTEPONA MUNICIPALITY) OPENS OUT WITH SOUTH-WEST VIEWS TO GIBRALTAR AND NORTHERN AFRICA.

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The architecture features white walls and natural stonework, with double-height windows in the central part of the home. The pool represents the key focus of the property and its access points. The main door opens out onto two levels, with the pool extending beyond the picture window towards the south-west – blending into an infinity overflow that enhances the sense of endless space.

FEATURES: Plot: 2,084.18 m2 | Built area: 637.95 m2 | Covered Terraces: 63.44 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement | Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 4 + 3 Toilet Parking Space: 3 Cars | Other Facilities: Multi-Purpose Room, Pool

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THE SPIRIT OF PROJECT

RIMADESIO.IT

VELARIA SLIDING PANELS, ZENIT WALK-IN CLOSET DESIGN G.BAVUSO

RIMADESIO SHOWROOM MARBELLA AVDA CANÃ’VAS DEL CASTILLO, 10 BIS 29601 MARBELLA - TEL +34 952 857066 MARBELLA@RIMADESIO.COM

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VENERABLE VISTA RÍO REAL IS ONE OF MARBELLA’S MOST INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED AND EXCLUSIVE URBANISATIONS, LOCATED IN A STUNNING SETTING ON THE EASTERN OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY.

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It is home to the venerable Río Real Golf Club, which in 2015 celebrated its 50th anniversary and over the years has provided an elegantly verdant residential haven for celebrities and aristocrats from around the world. This three-storey, newly constructed home is built on a hillside, facing the south with magnificent views over the Mediterranean Sea and northern African coastline. The property is designed in a way that is orientated towards capitalising on the area’s all-day sunlight. The U-shaped layout provides all the rooms with views, while the patio area blends perfectly into the infinity pool – adding a seamless outlook to the exceptional panorama beyond. Materials of the highest quality have been used on the façade, including natural stonework and wood. 

FEATURES: Plot: 2,312.21 m2 | Built Area: 543.85 m2 | Covered Terraces: 37.13 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement, Roof Solarium Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 5 + Toilet | Parking Space: 2 Cars Other Facilities: Multi-Purpose Room, Pool Plot for sale with contemporary signature villa including P.G.O.U. 1986 (urban town plan) licence.

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WE BUILD COMFORT

SPECIALISTS IN ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION AND SERVICES C/. Cuevas 2, 29004 Malaga Tel: 951917824 · info@naxfor.com · www.naxfor.com

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SEASONAL HAVEN LOCATED IN THE HIGHLY COVETED LOS FLAMINGOS URBANISATION, AND FEATURING A STUNNING CONTEMPORARY AESTHETIC, THIS FLAT SLATE-ROOFED HOME IS IDEAL FOR THOSE WANTING TO SPEND ALL SEASONS OF THE YEAR IN SOUTHERN SPAIN

The property offers wonderful views to the sea and an exceptional frontline golf panorama on both sides. With its open and enclosed spaces, double-height porches and inviting relaxation areas, it is the epitome of classy Mediterranean living, enabling its owners to enjoy the area’s renowned climate to the fullest. Superior materials, including wood and natural stone, combine perfectly to add an individual touch to a truly high-end home in a privileged setting.

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FEATURES: Plot: 1,695.24 m2 | Built Area: 822.67 m2 | Covered Terraces: 221.51 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement Bedrooms: 6 | Bathrooms: 6 + Toilet | Parking Space: 2 Cars Other Facilities: Multi-Purpose Room, Cellar, Pool

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EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR: ITALIAN WOODEN FLOORS · DECKING · BATHROOMS · FURNITURE Ecotrain Proyectos y Servicios S.L. · www.ecotrain.es · enb@ecotrain.es · +34 951 577 674 · +34 609 650 985

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ESSENZA LIVING

STATE-OF-THE-ART EXCELLENCE FOR TRUE LOVERS OF CUTTING-EDGE DESIGN, THIS VILLA IS HIGHLIGHTED BY MODERN LINES, FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOWS, AND INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FLOORS AT THE SAME LEVEL.

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Located in the heights of Marbella’s Golf Valley, the property offers incomparable views of the golf courses, mountains and Puerto Banús; and is built over three levels, with features of the highest quality adapted to latest standards. It includes a roof solarium at street level with a bar, jacuzzi, barbecue, dining area and lounge. On the lower levels the property provides absolute privacy – and two parking spaces.

FEATURES: Plot: 1,183.60 m2 | Built Area: 414.83 m2 | Covered Terraces: 32.89 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement, Roof Solarium Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 5 + Toilet | Parking Space: 3 Cars Other Facilities: Jacuzzi, Pool

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Listen, think and build. Specialised in building, restoration, implementation of public works and luxury villas.

C/ Calvario nº7 Local 3b. Marbella T: +34 952 858 547 · info@prinza.es · www. prinza.es

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NATURAL PURITY LOCATED JUST METRES FROM THE SEA, IN THE CASASOLA URBANISATION, THESE THREE FAMILY HOMES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED IMMACULATELY WITH PURE LINES AND OPEN, WELL-LIT SPACES.

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They are developed on three levels, comprising four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a toilet, with a private pool in the garden. The architecture features white walls and natural stonework, with large floor-to-ceiling windows, while the top-class amenities include air-conditioning, under-floor heating and domotic home automation.

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FEATURES: Plot: 1,060 m2 Built Area: 376 m2 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

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CARLOS LAMAS DESIGN

INCOMPARABLE ELEGANCE THIS TRULY IS A ONE-OF-A KIND PROPERTY. DESIGNED IN A STUNNING CONTEMPORARY STYLE, THE VILLA ENJOYS AN UNRIVALLED SETTING AT THE FOOT OF THE CASCADA DE CAMOJÁN WATERFALL, WITH A MOUNTAIN BACKDROP AND INCOMPARABLE VIEWS TO MARBELLA BAY IN THE SOUTH.

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Extending over 1,200 square metres of built area on a 2,500 square metre plot, the home has been designed on three levels. The lower floor comprises a hall-reception area, guest toilet, main lounge-room, TV room, island-kitchen, laundry, expansive porch and terraces opening out onto a south-facing infinity pool. On the top floor there are four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and a main bedroom with a dressing room, en suite bathroom and terraces. The basement area includes a large garage, control room, bodega, cinema and service areas. Featuring flat ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and floors that blend from indoors to outdoors at the same level, the architecture is seamlessly integrated into the exceptional natural landscape.

FEATURES: Plot: 2,542.81 m2 | Built Area: 1,2012.65 m2 | Covered Area: 134.81 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement Bedrooms: 9 | Bathrooms: 9 + Toilet | Parking Space: 10 Cars Other Facilities: Wine Cellar Multi-Purpose Room, Pool

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- LUXURY BATH PRODUCTS -

Commercial Agency. Guibo Gestiรณn. Andorra. info@guibogestion.com | www.guibogestion.com

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EXPANSIVE SPLENDOUR THIS IMPRESSIVE VILLA IS LOCATED IN ONE OF MARBELLA’S FINEST AND MOST SECURE URBANISATIONS. IT IS JUST FIVE MINUTES FROM THE TOWN CENTRE, IN STUNNINGLY ATTRACTIVE SURROUNDINGS, AND OFFERS EXPANSIVE VIEWS TO THE SEA.

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The property’s contemporary lines have been developed on three levels. Access from the southern street leads to a reception patio and double garage, and a stairway/lift to the entrance-pool area. This storey comprises a spacious terrace with covered areas and a glass-bordered, south-facing pool. A hall, large lounge room, library and island kitchen are distributed in an open-plan, door-free space. The top floor includes three bedrooms with terraces and wonderful views to the sea. Another three bedrooms are located on the lower floor, as well as a multi-purpose area leading out to the garden.

FEATURES: Plot: 1,573.05 m2 | Built Area: 686.65 m2 | Covered Terraces: 116.09 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 6 + Toilet | Parking Space: 2 Cars Other Facilities: Multi-Purpose Room, Pool

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TIMELESS LIVING THIS IS A WONDERFUL BESPOKE HOME, BOTH INSIDE AND OUT. THE DESIGN SCHEME IS CHARACTERISED BY A TIMELESS USE OF SIMPLE-FORM MATERIAL AND SPACE.

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The property is highlighted by an expansive living space that opens onto a covered terrace with views to the infinity pool area and pine trees beyond. The house comes with all the facilities required by a large family, including outside parking space and a two-car garage on the basement level. The overall result is a villa that has been designed to capitalise on its location and proximity to the beach.

FEATURES: Plot: 1,215.00 m2 | Built Area: 742.53 m2 | Covered Terraces: 82.08 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement, Roof Solarium Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 5 + Toilet | Parking Space: 3 Cars Other Facilities: Multi-Purpose Room, Pool

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CREATING YOUR IDEAL HOME WITH THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON

The perfect home needs to be tailor-made for your needs and tastes, enabling you to enjoy its features fully. Therefore, the option of being able to control the ambience is a key factor. One example of this is the dimmer switch. A simple switch only offers you bright light or no light at all, whereas a Rania® dimmer allows you to adjust the light level to create an ambience that suits you at that particular time – whether you are seeking a romantic atmosphere or illumination suitable for reading. Another example of how control is important relates to window accessories. When you add automation to window accessories such as blinds, with the touch of a button you can control the amount of light entering the room, even if the window is situated in a place that is difficult to reach. One excellent way to achieve mood settings is with a GRAFIK Eye® QS wireless system, allowing you to control multiple lights with one button and multiple blinds with another. So, for example, if you are in your home cinema you can soften the lights and lower the blinds, all from your remote control. Whether you are at home or away, you can customise your environment to suit your requirements and preferences. The HomeWorks® QS system offers control over your lights, blinds and temperature, from wall or table-top keypads as well as from your mobile device. It comes with user-friendly, tech-smart integration that provides advanced control. Safety is obviously vital to any home. While you are away, you can integrate your security system with the HomeWorks® QS system and switch on lights and lower blinds to make your home look like it is occupied – even when it is empty. If you have a break-in, your security system will be activated, raising your blinds and locking your keypads so that your lights are turned on and cannot be switched off, and your outside lights start flashing – thus drawing the attention of passers-by. Illusion C/ Ávila 17 Local 2, Urb. Guadalcántara, San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella) Tel. (+34) 952 781 669 info@e-illusion.es / www.e-illusion.es

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Did you know that standby power can amount to up to 10 per cent of a home’s electricity usage? An occupancy sensor can save up to 20 per cent lighting energy. Combine light, blind and appliance control to capitalise on your energy savings. ESSENZA

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STATELY CHARM THIS HUGE VILLA IN THE CHARMING AREA OF EL MADROÑAL OFFERS LARGE OPEN SPACES WITH SUPERLATIVE VIEWS TO THE SEA AND MOUNTAINS

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Situated in the hills of El Madroñal near the prestigious La Zagaleta urbanisation, this beautiful villa boasts an enormous plot size. Its uninterrupted views out to the mountains and Mediterranean Sea add a special touch of sophisticated grandeur to the property.

FEATURES: Plot: 5,000 m² | Built Area: 846.95 m2 | Covered Terraces: 144.61 m2 Levels: Ground Floor, First Floor, Basement Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 6 + Toilet | Parking Space: 2 Cars Other Facilities: Multi-Purpose Room, Pool

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INTERIOR PROJECTS FURNITURE · LIGHTING · FABRICS · OUTDOOR

www.laalbaida.com

Av. Ricardo Soriano 72, 29600 MARBELLA marbella@laalbaida.com  T. 952 771 676


ESSENZA VIEW

The Marbella property market is now into its sixth year of recovery following the “bubble” of 2008. We previously forecast that Marbella would live up its growth expectations in both 2016 and 2017, and we expect these positive trends to continue over the next few years, especially in the luxury market, as prices are continuing to rise in residential areas with the highest demand. The multi-country source market – and strong demand from an increasingly diversified worldwide client base – adds to record tourist numbers and consequently lends a certain buoyancy to the local economy. We have seen this empirically reflected in official statistics released by the Ministry of Public Works, revealing annual increases of 10 per cent in property transactions in Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís municipalities. We have now returned

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villas on existing plots – a great way to combine 21st century luxury within the finest locations while creating investment value in the process. But there is limited choice; there is hardly any land available in prime residential areas, and most of the stock of old houses has been snapped up. The trend for contemporary is continuing, not just in terms of architectural styling and décor but also modern construction standards, technical amenities and comforts. These homes also have to comply with construction norms applying in buyers’ own home countries, use high-quality modern materials, effective insulation, well-made doors and windows, provide warmth and comfort in the winter, offer high band width for fast internet access, and use the latest domotics home automation systems in security, lighting and home entertainment. What’s more, they also have to be energy-efficient. “Most of our clients are very well travelled, so they are used to a modern international style in boutique hotels and homes, and expect the same standard here,” says Patrick. “Naturally there is scope to adapt the styling to the local setting, but modern contemporary architecture is very much what people are after now.” This extends to the internal décor and distribution as well, where clean, open-plan layouts, full-length windows and tall ceilings create the fresh, spacious environments characterised by light and views that are so in vogue right now.

day destinations for over 20 years, it appears that an increasing number of visitors previously staying in hotels, or rented villas, are now choosing to buy their own properties here – as a holiday or second home. Many are actually choosing to relocate to take advantage of the climate, international schools, and safe and healthy environment in which to raise children.” Low mortgage rates, a weak euro and interesting yields for luxury property investments are other factors that have energised the market. SUPPLY AND DEMAND Demand for stock in the very best locations here is such that there is an increasing shortage of supply, which in turn has led to more and more people choosing to construct new modern

SATISFYING NEW DEMAND “The biggest issue increasingly remains the challenge of finding a good selection of existing properties that fit requirements,” says Patrick, who has seen clients continuously reject properties built in the past 10 years. “Although these homes are much improved in comparison to what was built before the mid-nineties, they very often fall short of buyers’ expectations because they were still primarily conceived as second homes. As a result, a lot of people who might actually prefer to buy an existing, readyto-move-into property are coming to us wanting to renovate or build their own new villas.” The desire to combine such homes with a great location leads many to effectively rebuild existing villas. This is a growing trend that Essenza offers with its bespoke and specialised services to fulfil the most challenging client’s demands, while maintaining the company’s peerless standards. Essenza also assists clients – both end-users and investors – to source real estate in desired locations. “We source, do a feasibility study on the basis of a cost analysis of land and redevelopment, and if positive move on to the concept, architectural design, construction, interior styling and delivery of a stunning modern home. We also take care of the marketing of such a property on behalf of investors, for whom we compile cost, feasibility, marketability and projected sales cycle reports at the outset.” Essenza also notes a growing differential between modern homes entirely in tune with contemporary tastes and technical requirements and the larger body of older homes in Marbella. “A great many older properties are being updated in this way,” says Patrick, “but those that aren’t will increasingly struggle to maintain their value in comparison. Well-built modern homes will pretty soon be the norm against which others are assessed, and they are set to gain much more in value.” They are therefore popular with investors in an international market where luxury real estate is replacing the financial markets as a solid form of investment.

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Although the purchase of a property in Spain is a straightforward and transparent transaction, the process of obtaining planning permission – both for new construction and renovations – can be rather more complicated. What’s more, there are no all-encompassing national laws, as each autonomous region qualifies the parameters according to its own planning directives. The applicable planning guide, or PGOU (Plan General de Ordenación Urbanistica), in our region therefore is that of the Región Autónomo de Andalucía, and even it can be subject to further local regulations, so it is important to work with an architect and team with local knowledge and experience. We are often asked to source or inspect land or properties on behalf of clients wanting to build a new property or renovate an existing one. From the client’s perspective the most important factor is quite naturally the location, in terms of its views, orientation, the attractiveness of its surroundings and easy access to services. Different people have different preferences, and so we will be asked to look at rustic hillside locations and seaside settings, but also in conventional residential areas close to golf courses, schools and shopping facilities. While sourcing the desired property/plot in the ideal location we also look at it from another, more technical perspective aimed at filtering suitable candidates from a construction point of view. Our experience in this field allows us not only to assess the economic viability of the project, to see if it falls within the established budget once the purchase cost, construction and dressing of the home have been taken into account, but in the first instance to see if it fulfils the requirements for construction. SPECIALIST EXPERTISE The process of obtaining information regarding the planning directives is just the first step towards getting planning permission for your newbuild or renovated property. Once you know what the rules are concerning the land or home you have in mind, and know what can be done on it, you will be able to make an informed decision and draw up your design plans accordingly. The architect’s plans, once finalised and signed off by the client, will then have to be presented to the town hall’s planning department, initially to be signed off for technical approval by a technical architect to ensure they are structurally sound and conform with the overall building criteria. The next step is to submit the plans for actual planning permission, when the plans themselves, the construction/renovation project in concept and the land/property and its impact on the surroundings will be assessed and held up against the requirements set out in the local PGOU. Some adjustments and alterations to the plans may be required, but a successful application will result in the project being granted a build-

ing permit. In environmentally sensitive areas the process can be drawn out further by additional analysis and consultation with ecological experts, river departments, archaeological departments or infrastructural authorities, though such cases will very much be the exception, not the rule. The overall process sounds pretty straightforward and, indeed, there are foreign buyers inexperienced in the building process who have taken it to completion, but usually they will be the first to tell you, “Never again. Next time I’m having a professional take care of it all for me.” The main reason for this is the requirement not just of speaking the language fluently, but also of being intimately acquainted with the rather complicated legal, technical and architectural jargon as well. In addition to being professionally at home with topics relating to architecture, engineering, construction, planning, accounting and law you also have to know how to deal with the local authorities in such a way to make the process as quick and fluid as possible. As people who deal with these issues on a regular basis and have long-standing contact with all the professionals and agencies involved, we are in a position to ensure it is exactly that. TO BUILD OR NOT TO BUILD While we analyse construction-related issues such as gradient, soil type, drainage, access and technical infrastructure – and in the case of renovation the cost of rebuilding – we also check up on planning issues. After all, if you’re not allowed to build, or are very limited in what you can do or change in a particular location, it will likely eliminate itself as an option there and then. The first step in this is to ascertain the planning status of the zone that the plot forms part of, and ensure that it falls within a residential area where homes can be constructed. Next we request the specific planning directives relating to the area to obtain a full list of details, including the ratio of permissible construction to plot size, limits on vertical height, how close you can build to the perimeter of the land and even more detailed requirements such as the topographical plan regarding access, garages, driveways, terracing, pools and how technical services such as waste, water and electricity will link into the grid system. In private communities such as La Zagaleta there may also be aesthetic rules limiting the range of architectural styles and materials that can be used. Few of us expect to be building an oriental-style pagoda, but you don’t want to be faced with unexpected restrictions that will force you to change your plans after the fact. Contact Essenza Living Tel. (+34) 609 572 275 | (+34) 619 534 815 info@essenzaliving.com www.essenzaliving.com

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BUILDING IN MARBELLA While a lot of people might still associate Spanish – and in particular Andalucian – construction with white-plastered walls and terracotta tiles, the reality is that over the past decade the processes and materials used have been modernised and improved greatly. These days Spanish construction has evolved right up to the build standards common in other parts of Europe and, when it comes to bathrooms, terraces and pool areas, it has retained its traditional Mediterranean advantage in terms of quality, luxury and styling. Quality control, however, remains as important as ever, and today consumers are better protected as Spanish regulations have come into line with the rest of western Europe in defining the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in the construction of a property. These naturally include the construction firms, specialist technicians and suppliers of building materials, but also professionals such as architects and commercial entities like the promoters. Such clearly defined roles and quality, in line with how each of the above are expected to work, not only makes the entire process more transparent but also easier for those buying or building their home to redress possible complaints.

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BASIC OVERVIEW OF THE STEPS INVOLVED You are free to play as big or as small a role in the design of your home as you wish, and the more experienced homeowners will sometimes come up with many of the ideas themselves, but ultimately you will need a qualified, registered architect to put these plans on paper and convert design concepts into technical drawings that form the blueprint for subsequent construction. For this reason Spanish law requires homebuilders to appoint an official architect, who is a member of the College of Architects, to draw up the plans according to the prevailing planning directives, technical standards and operational procedures imposed upon all professionals involved in the building process. This design project is then submitted for compliance review to the local planning authorities and will have to be signed off by their resident technical architect before a building licence is granted and it progresses to the status of a building project. The on-site construction process itself falls under the technical supervision of the “dirección facultiva”, a professional team made up of the architect and a quantity surveyor, or “aparejador”. The construction company contracted to do the building

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will have to work under the supervision of these professionals, with the design architect ensuring that the building is completed according to the original designs and the terms of the licence granted by the planning authority, while the technical architect (“aparejador”) ensures that the technical specifications are adhered to as well. Commercial developers of real estate, known in Spain as promoters (“promotores”), are under legal obligation to take out an insurance policy on the project that covers the structure and its technical components for a minimum of 10 years from the moment of completion. This insurance covers potential repairs, large or small, as well as possible reparations made to homebuyers in the event of failures or problems caused by faulty construction or technical standards. CHOICE OF BUILDER Who you choose to build your home is, of course, of prime importance. In most cases the decision will be taken either by the private owner or by the project management team of a commercial promoter, who will invite different builders to tender for the work and measure price against quality and reputation before selecting the construction firm they believe offers the best combination of these factors. Decisions of this kind involve a complex assessment that also has to take into account quantity surveying of the costs, quantities and quality of the materials and technical systems required in

the construction of the property. Given the number of options and variables, it takes skill and experience to get this right and ensure that the building project does not exceed the established budgets and that the end product conforms to the aesthetic, technical and quality standards expected of it. For this reason it is important to work with skilled professionals whose technical expertise matches their local knowledge and ability to get things done. Essenza Contemporary Living is a proven specialist in this field with a portfolio of projects and clients that speaks for itself. What gives their clients complete peace of mind is that they manage and quality control all the elements: creative design, surveying, costing and management of the construction process. This ensures it is done to budget, to deadline and to your – and their – exacting standards. Their project management isn’t simply there to make sure the job gets done: it acts as on-site quality control over the entire process, from concept, design and planning through to construction and dealing with third parties and suppliers – right down to completion and the final dressing of the home. Essenza Project Management Services: • Supervision on-site during construction • Tendering of builders • Regular reports • Purchasing of materials and installations

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ATLAS GROUP BUILDING EXCELLENCE

Atlas Group is a long established construction company on the Costa del Sol. Their award-winning team are known for consistency, integrity and technical excellence. Yet this is not enough, Atlas Group are constantly evolving. Due to the continued consolidation and growth of the company, Atlas Group are required by law to be externally audited and they have been awarded three ISO certificates in recognition of their commitment to raising the bar on standards and quality. These certifications cover health and safety, quality control of the company and environmental practices. Atlas Group’s strong reputation is the result of many years of steady growth and meticulous planning. Their impressive portfolio of completed homes and developments showcases construction projects across the Costa del Sol and wider Spain. The Atlas Group philosophy is ingrained in their work ethic: the large team of construction specialists have a desire to continually improve and have an unlimited commitment to clients, which has helped Atlas achieve their inviable reputation. Atlas Group are proud to have delivered consistently high-quality builds over a period of more than 10 years. Unlike other building companies, Atlas Group employ every member of the team, choosing technical experts and professional tradesmen in each field who are committed to delivering the highest quality for customers. Director Mike Gregory says, “We don´t compromise and don´t expect our customers to either - you want trustworthy pool specialists, capable builders and imaginative, knowledgeable

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landscape architects. Bringing together all of these experts can be tricky to do so that’s why Atlas Group combines all this expertise under one roof. By bringing together the industry’s best, we strive to surpass our customer pledge: delivering projects on time and within budget.” ATLAS BUILD: PIONEERING BUILDING AND DESIGN We are internationally renowned experts, specialising in high-performance green building, refurbishment, villa construction and commercial builds. We incorporate the latest pioneering technology and add value through innovative architectural and interior design. ATLAS GARDEN: TAILOR-MADE LANDSCAPING DESIGN AND MAKEOVERS We create stunning gardens, built around your requirements and budget, balancing beauty with practicality and maintenance, to surround your home with stunning architectural features or trees and flowers. ATLAS POOL: SWIMMING POOL CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE We construct any pool or water feature you can imagine. From infinity pools and waterfalls to Koi carp ponds and lagoons, we source quality materials to suit every budget and create the inviting and relaxing retreat of your dreams.

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i BUSINESS FILE ATLAS GROUP Services/products: design and construction of private villas, swimming pools, commercial premises, renovation projects, decorative detailing and landscaping. Â Centro Comercial Atenea, Local 1 y 17. Ctra. N-340, Km. 168, Estepona Tel. (+34) 951 272 140 info@atlas-group.es | www.atlas-group.es

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Roulette Table

Luxury Home Entertainment

Chess Square Table

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Automatic Mahjong Table

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Car lift for luxury villas

Call it from the rear view mirror

Take it to the basement

Turn it to the correct position

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Raise it to the surface

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GUNNI & TRENTINO OFFERING EXCELLENCE IN QUALITY, MATERIALS AND SERVICE Interview with Gonzalo Moreno

We hear Gunni & Trentino has been busy. Tell us your about latest news… We are very proud to have just opened our new flagship store in Madrid spanning a massive 3,000 square metres! We also opened a contract division here in Marbella which has been highly successful, giving us the opportunity to furnish both apartments and villas in 15 new developments along the coast such as Marbella Club Hills, Palo Alto and Kronos, to name just a few. What are the basic principles behind the company? Gunni & Trentino has become an international interior design company with more than 45 years of experience, offering the best quality products and highly personalised interior design projects. One of our main advantages is that we can save plenty of time for clients, as we undertake the whole interior design project, supplying a complete range of products (kitchens, bathrooms, floors, wardrobes, home furniture, lighting, outdoor, textiles…). We work with both professional clients – architects, builders, investors – and end-clients with the same commitment and efficiency.    How would you summarise the market at present and how you fit into this market? During the last few years we have faced several challenges. We took the decision to expand internationally and we now have offices in Spain (Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Marbella), Bogotá (Colombia) and Doha (Qatar). We are involved in more and more large international projects. As dealers, we are still committed to the top international brands, but we have worked hard to obtain the best prices possible from our suppliers and factories so that we can still maintain a high standard of service and products at a competitive price. Nowadays, I can definitely say that the times are improving, and the whole market is regaining confidence. With the upsurge of the real estate market, we have had the pleasure of working with more real estate investors as well as many of the major building developments that have recently been constructed, offering our services in interior design as well as the supply of materials and fittings.   What are the inspirations and influences behind your work? We always go to the Milan and Paris fairs. They are our main fairs: 80 per cent of our providers are Italian as we believe they are pioneers, but we travel a lot to have the latest and most innovative products included in our already wide offer. We are best known for our contemporary style but we have clients from all over the world so we must cater for all tastes, including classic. 

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What is your vision for the company and tell us more about your passions? We have gone for a “one-stop” showroom all over Spain and in Bogotá and Doha. It reflects better what we really are, a full-service firm, and it is much more convenient for our clients. Over the last few years we have started our international expansion and aim to continue doing so. We are also growing at a double-digit rate, and now have more than 170 employees working in the company. We are official dealers for more than 600 quality brands, and we also manufacture our own products - our own Gunni & Trentino kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and coating, furniture, wardrobes and special products, which we design to the highest quality standards. Our Contract Division office has attracted many developers and real estate funds who are now becoming a growing part our clientele offering them our full design services and supply of materials, bathroom fittings and kitchens for their large developments and hotels. How do you see the future of modern architecture (particularly in Marbella)? I see a great future. There are fantastic architects in Spain now enjoying a much more active market environment, and developing top-quality residential projects. In Marbella, we see that people are buying plots with old houses, demolishing them and totally rebuilding them. Kitchens and bathrooms have taken on more importance in the home and will continue to do so. Materials in contemporary homes have improved dramatically and this element becomes really important in order to finish a house’s specifications. Ceramics can now imitate other materials such as wood or cement, giving many new possibilities for the modern home. Wood is not ideal in a bathroom or on a terrace due to issues with humidity and heat, but now you can use ceramics that take on the look of wood and are completely durable. We still have many clients who believe stone and mosaic is a superb material, so we are always renewing our collections as much as possible, in order to be completely up to date.   What does a “home” represent to you? The current way of living has changed. Technology has entered homes and we must take this into account when designing. The home is essentially where people unite and relax. The kitchen is not only the place where people cook: it is also the place where the family actually live, and it has therefore taken on more importance in the home. We can see this in our projects; people are requiring larger kitchens as they are spending more time there. Also, the bathroom is more important than ever before. With our busy and stressful lives, it is a place where we can relax and find ourselves – a bathroom can be a sanctuary with your very own spa area.

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i BUSINESS FILE GUNNI & TRENTINO (Showroom) Hotel Marbella Club, Local 2, Blv. Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella Showroom Tel. (+34) 951 968 771 (Contract Division) C.C. Marbella Real, Local 24, Blv. Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella Contract Division Tel. (+34) 951 777 817 Established since: 1970 Services/products: turn-key interior design www.gunnitrentino.es

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Michel Gibert. Photograph used for reference only. Stone Sculpture museum of the Fondation Kubach-Wilmsen.

Kenzo Takada dresses the Mah Jong

Designer unrestricted and audacious, Kenzo Takada, « the most Parisian of Japanese couturier”, has imagined for Roche Bobois a unique and exceptional collection of fabrics and ceramics. To ‘dress’ the Mah Jong modular sofa, Takada got his inspiration from ancient kimonos used in the Nô Theater, from which he has re-interpreted the patterns and colours, creating fine and sophisticated harmonies symbolizing the 3 times of the day: Asa (morning), Hiru (midday), Yoru (evening).

Mah Jong. Modular sofa per elements, designed by Hans Hopfer. Upholstered in Nô Gaku fabric Hiru veriant, designed by Kenzo Takada.

3D Interior Design Service

French Art de Vivre

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Michel Gibert. Photograph used for reference only. Stone Sculpture museum of the Fondation Kubach-Wilmsen.

Kenzo Takada dresses the Mah Jong

Designer unrestricted and audacious, Kenzo Takada, « the most Parisian of Japanese couturier”, has imagined for Roche Bobois a unique and exceptional collection of fabrics and ceramics. To ‘dress’ the Mah Jong modular sofa, Takada got his inspiration from ancient kimonos used in the Nô Theater, from which he has re-interpreted the patterns and colours, creating fine and sophisticated harmonies symbolizing the 3 times of the day: Asa (morning), Hiru (midday), Yoru (evening).

Mah Jong. Modular sofa per elements, designed by Hans Hopfer. Upholstered in Nô Gaku fabric Hiru veriant, designed by Kenzo Takada.

3D Interior Design Service

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NAXFOR SPECIALISTS IN COMFORT CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING… WITH A FIRM SOCIAL COMMITMENT

Naxfor is a company that specialises in comfort construction and engineering, based on the knowhow of its experienced team and with a philosophy dedicated to excellence, innovation and environmental sustainability, applied to all projects and other contract works entrusted to the company. For more than a decade, the company has experienced remarkable and constantly sustained growth - all backed by a team of solid professionals with extensive experience in the sector. Naxfor has been able to optimise its performance in terms of competitive efficiency and customer satisfaction while offering the highest quality service. The company’s main objective when undertaking projects and contract works is “to create value in sustainable conditions from an economic, labour, social and environmental point of view, attending to clients’ specific interests and to the human team that comprises the company, as well as to those people and organisations that are interested in its effective operation”. This is achieved by organising and managing spaces that improve citizens’ quality of life and by implementing a policy based on experienced working teams and integrated management systems, highlighted by several fundamental pillars: • Meet the needs of customers through highly professional service

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• Respect the environment and prevent occupational risks in all of the company’s business processes - “of the utmost importance to our organisation”. • Count on the participation of clients and employees in ensuring continuous improvement. “Technically qualified to a high level and socially committed to the environment, our team has more than 20 years of experience in carrying out work in this sector, having developed more than one million square metres of urban areas and more than 1,000 homes.” The company makes a firm commitment to communication and understanding throughout its organisation, through publications, ongoing conversations and personalised dedication. “We involve our staff in their individual obligations in order to guarantee quality and safety at work, as well as special environmental specifications for each project. In this way, we can execute our projects with minimal impact on the environment and the immediate surroundings.” According to Naxfor, its objectives in this respect are achieved through meticulous monitoring and a firm and continuous commitment to training and motivation for its whole team. “We encourage suggestions from both customers and employees.”

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BOCONCEPT PLUS STORE CREATING UNIQUE SCANDINAVIAN STYLES WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH Interview with Jan Petersen & Susanne Brandt

Explain the concept of your showroom in Mijas… We have two floors in the showroom: downstairs is exclusively BoConcept and upstairs is the Plus Store, a multi-brand store offering the best of Scandinavian style and design. In the BoConcept showroom we show customers the possibility of customising the collection. Sofa and wall systems can be completely modified to fit the customer’s space. We offer a wide range of fabrics and finishes that lead to many possibilities. In our Plus Store, we offer the following brands: by Lassen, Caneline, Carl Hansen & Son, Fatboy, Fritz Hansen, Hay, Kartell, Marset, Menu, Muubs, Nordal, Sika and Skagerak. All of the brands work really well together and we urge our customers to mix and match to create a style unique to them – so every home has the customer’s personal touch. We want to provide the customer with a custom-made solution for their space. Tell us more about your showroom in Marbella… We have now opened a second showroom on the Golden Mile. We are very pleased to be able to offer our contemporary Scandinavian brands to the people of Marbella, so it’s an exciting move for us. We also have a concession at the El Corte Inglés commercial centre in Puerto Banús (Marbella). What kind of services can customers expect from BoConcept Plus Store? We strive to give the customer an exceptional shopping experience – from the moment they walk into our store until the last piece of furniture is delivered and assembled. The customer’s satisfaction is always our priority. We prepare a customised proposal for every client, showing them what the furniture will look like in their space and providing them with a collage, 3D views and a floor plan. We try to go out of our way to make the customers happy. How did you collaborate with Mads Mikkelsen? In 2015 BoConcept released The Call starring renowned Danish film star Mads Mikkelsen. In just a few weeks it became a viral must-see, receiving more than one million views. It’s not a commercial in the traditional sense; it’s a real film created by some of

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the best professionals from the Danish film industry. The entertainment factor is high and what really makes The Call stand out is the intense drama between Mads Mikkelsen and beautiful Swedish co-star Malin Buska. BoConcept’s furniture merely plays a silent yet very stylish backdrop. Mads Mikkelsen is at the peak of his career, and renowned worldwide for his roles as Le Chiffre in the James Bond movie Casino Royale, in the TV series Hannibal and in the films The Hunt and The Salvation. The Call was the first of two films Mads Mikkelsen and BoConcept produced together. The second film, The Guest, is a comedy that was also created to live a viral life. What do you enjoy most about working in your industry? Working alongside modern Danish design classics, new and old. We love mixing the different styles in the store to create a unique and exclusive look for every customer. What do you think makes the Scandinavian style so popular? The clean lines, style, functionality and quality. It truly has an exclusive, long-lasting aesthetic that can easily be added to both new and old spaces. In conclusion… We provide a personal, reliable experience for our customers. We are not only selling furniture: we are selling trust and an exceptional experience. i BUSINESS FILE BoConcept Plus Store Established since: 2007 Products/services: interior design, furniture and decoration Ctra. de Mijas. Km. 3.5, Mijas Marbella Showroom: Centro de Negocios Oasis, Km. 183, Golden Mile, Marbella Concession at El Corte Inglés in Puerto Banús (Marbella) Tel. (+34) 951 242 092  malaga@boconcept.es / malaga@plusstore.es www.boconcept.es / www.plusstore.es 

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FANTASTIC GARDENS DESIGNER LANDSCAPING OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY

Fantastic Gardens began operations towards the end of the 1980s, prompted by a love of nature. Their work did, in fact, also become their hobby. They work on projects for individual clients, developers and builders, are firmly committed to ensuring top-quality finishes and client satisfaction, and undertake projects and designs (without any obligation on the part of the client) for all kinds of gardens. They are highly regarded within the industry as a reliable and responsible company, and maintain one overriding cardinal rule: the client always has the final decision. Catering to the needs and preferences of clients, their garden centre produces a multitude of plant species. The installations in Ronda, extending over 6,000 square metres of covered space, provide the ideal climatic conditions to ensure plants reach clients in a healthy state and of the highest quality. This centre also includes a children’s area and cafeteria, to make clients’ visits even more pleasant and enjoyable. In addition, they have extensive parking areas aimed at providing maximum comfort and convenience.

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Fantastic Gardens have more than 20 hectares of their own plantations for the benefit of clients, highlighted by a meticulously selected range of 17,000 plants. They make sure each plant grows correctly, in accordance with the specific requirements of its species, and above all else to ensure they are of the finest quality when used as key elements in the company’s diverse gamut of projects. They make a strong effort every day to bolster the company’s growth, adapting to the new needs and demands of clients and the market. They are always seeking new designs and techniques to define their distinctive stamp of identity. Their graphic design team create projects in Autocad, 3D and photo montages, thus enabling clients to have a clear vision of their completed garden (again, without any obligation). i BUSINESS FILE FANTASTIC GARDENS Established since: 1992 Services/products: landscape gardening projects and garden centre Urb. El Potril 6, San Pedro Alcántara (Marbella) Tel. (+34) 952 784 429 / 679 813 410 info@fantasticgardens.net / www.fantasticgardens.net

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HYLINE VISION WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Interview with CEO Bruno Brás

Photos Fernando Guerra. Architecture NOARQ

How would you define Hyline’s place in the market and business philosophy? Hyline is an internationally-recognised brand that raises the level of quality and innovation in frames. The system is our tribute to Mies van de Rohe: minimalist aluminium, with the glass seeming to slide into the frame, creating a transparent and limitless surface, which allows the building to be in complete harmony with its surrounding space. Our objective is to provide big windows and inspiring landscapes, incorporating the simplicity of technology - and beauty in the details.

What kinds of projects have you completed? We are committed to creating personalised luxury projects. It is a product aimed at catering for distinctive projects and people who are looking for unique options - that is essentially what we do. Hyline aluminium frames can be adjusted to the specific features of each project, extending the range of options available to architects. The system perfectly blends aesthetics with functionality.

What are the advantages of Hyline? Hyline is a product that offers exceptional options, including large doors and windows, and the most visibly reduced aluminium in the world. It is currently available in double and triple glass, and is distinguished by its easy operation and cutting-edge technology. We are well-prepared and equipped to carry out different project styles, thus helping our clients to realise their dreams.

i BUSINESS FILE HYLINE Zona Industrial de Esposende, Rua Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro, 475 C, 4740-473 Esposende Tel. (+351) 253 968 486/7 info@hyline-bsi.com www.hyline-bsi.com

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HYLINE HAS BECOME A REFERENCE POINT - AT A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL - IN CREATING AN EVOLUTIONARY AND MINIMALIST WINDOW, IN WHICH THE GLASS SEEMS TO SLIDE INTO AN INVISIBLE SYSTEM. HYLINE ALUMINUM FRAMES ARE UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE AND PERSONALISED. THEY CAN BE ADJUSTED TO THE SPECIFIC CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH PROJECT, EXTENDING THE RANGE OF OPTIONS FOR ARCHITECTS. THE SYSTEM PERFECTLY BLENDS AESTHETICS WITH FUNCTIONALITY. Santo Tirso | Arq. NOARQ Photo by Fernando Guerra


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HORMITECH CREATING DREAM HOMES… IN RECORD TIME Interview with Architect Javier Tascón

Tell us about the origins of Hormitech… Hormitech emerged as a construction concept that responded to a social need. The search for a new home usually arises from certain circumstances that require a short-term decision: a new arrival in the family, a transfer for work reasons, a change of residence to help other members of the family... Therefore, the first impulse is to find that new home within the current market options. When someone makes the decision to build their home, they do so, to a large extent, because they do not find anything within those options that meets their needs. Until now, however, taking that road had a major handicap: the construction time. Thanks to our constructive system, we can offer construction of the highest quality in record time, so only a few months are what separate our clients from the house of their dreams. What products and services do you offer at Hormitech? Many of our clients come to us with a key question: “We have decided to build a house - what should we do?” There are several important decisions to be taken in the construction of a home, from the very plot on which it is going to be built to the steps necessary to obtain financing. We offer a comprehensive service, making available to our customers a team of architects, technical architects and real estate agents, who will advise them throughout the process so they can have the home that best suits their needs as well as their budget. How would you define the type of projects you undertake? Each project is linked to an end-user client, so it is adapted to the design they require. In general, architecture of recent years has tended to feature straight lines, light tones, large spaces and large windows, and that is what we focus on in our projects. However, our construction system supports multiple configurations, which allows us to create more traditional designs, homes in block formats, extensions of existing homes... Each project poses a challenge and, for each challenge, we have a solution. What kind of brands do you work with at Hormitech? The great advantage of our homes is our constructive system: the “skin” of the building. Nevertheless, we know that the interior of the home is as important as the exterior, since we are in direct contact with it. For this reason, we offer our clients products from leading brands that maintain the quality line we look for in our homes. Having said that, we are always open to any possibility that customers might ask us to consider What is your company’s general philosophy? We know that we are not offering just any product. Housing is probably the most important investment a person can make

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during their life. Therefore, for us the most important thing is not the construction itself, but the customers. We make sure we talk to them to understand their current needs as well as what they might require in the future, to be able to advise them on the choice of model that best suits them. The distribution of the home is the most important part of the design, as how they move through its spaces is crucial in order to make life within the home as comfortable as possible. Beyond looking for an attractive design, we want to make sure that our clients, over the years, enjoy their home the same as they have from the first day. What is Hormitech’s secret to being recognised as a pacesetting company on the Costa del Sol? The Costa del Sol has always been linked to quality products. Customers are not happy with a product that just has a nice aesthetic if it is not supported by high-quality features. We believe this is the key: the thermal and structural functioning of our system gives homes a high level of comfort, and this quality is transferred aesthetically thanks to the polished concrete finish of our “honeycombs”, not only visually but also to the touch. This, together with our rapid home construction schedule, creates the perfect combination for our customers What can you tell us about your team? Our team is made up of professionals from the real estate sector. The technical team, comprising architects and technical architects, can advise the client about the design of their home, guiding them in technical aspects that range from the correct layout of the rooms to ensure maximum use of the views and lighting, depending on the plot, to the best design criteria that should be considered depending on the municipality’s specific regulations. In addition, our CRS agents can offer a vision of the market, providing advice on such important aspects as the choice of plot, or a possible revaluation of the home for those clients who are seeking an investment. New trends and products in your sector? The world of construction is constantly evolving. New materials emerge that expand design options while improving living conditions. In the next few years it seems that the trend to follow will be a quest for self-sufficient housing. To that end, there is continuous innovation in options that prevent the loss of homes’ interior temperature, ones that aim for the elimination of the much-feared “thermal bridges”, while incorporating renewable energy systems for air-conditioning that are increasingly more efficient. Our structure panels currently achieve A energy certification but, apart from that, we are still looking for solutions to offer an even better product.

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Future plans? We currently manage a large area of Spain from our offices in Marbella, Madrid and Valladolid. However, we have found that the vast majority of customers interested in our buildings come from areas in the vicinity of our offices. This is because customers value direct dealings, and the distance involved in travelling to hold a meeting in person becomes a difficult obstacle to overcome - all of which is compounded by the difficulty of having compatible work schedules. Therefore, we know that we face a major challenge to make

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our product known beyond our immediate environment so that anyone can have our team close at hand when choosing the different factors and aspects that determine the design of their ideal home. i BUSINESS FILE HORMITECH Tel. 902 424 444 - 983 491 100Â info@hormitech.es / www.hormitech.es

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RUGUE EXPERIENCED BUILDERS OFFERING A HIGHLY PERSONALISED EXPERIENCE

Cristóbal Guerrero Granados founded Rugue in 1978 with the aim of setting up a small creative team “committed to enriching the lives of others”. It was first business, and its principle activity was implementing foundations and constructing reinforced concrete structures and masonry, although it also covered a wide range of other projects – from small-scale alterations or restorations to the construction of single family homes and blocks of flats. Over time, his sons took over the running of Rugue, and at this point the company began to immerse itself in the field of luxury housing and villa development. After more than 35 years dedicated to the construction of high-level buildings, Rugue now has a workforce of 160 employees and ample capacity to cover projects of any magnitude in the entire Andalucía region, especially on the Costa del Sol and in Ronda and Cádiz. The engineering team is eminently qualified to carry out any studies prior to the execution of a project, and the company is still able to offer specialist expertise in the field of foundation and structural construction. Dedicated right from the start to undertaking construction of all types of housing, Rugue has managed to avoid the setbacks suffered by other companies over the years. Currently, their star turnkey projects are luxury villas.

Rugue is a company that is firmly committed to satisfying the wellbeing of clients. “One of the pillars for the achievement of this is the sincere, warm nature of our relationships, while constantly developing works and maintaining a personalised experience.” The company ensures that sincere relationships and continuous contact is maintained with both clients and any other colleagues and associates involved in the construction process – “in order to guarantee perfect harmony in the development of the work”. Rugue’s professional team is highly qualified in many different areas, and more than capable of completely satisfying the demands of the most demanding and discerning clients. “It is clear to us that working well is not sufficient in itself: it is important that deadlines and expectations must also be met.” i BUSINESS FILE RUGUE Ronda central office: Calle Naranja 31-33, Local 1 Marbella office: Camino Camoján 7, Edif. Camoján, L 2 Tel. (+34) 952 870 760 info@rugue.es | www.rugue.es

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ILLUSION CUTTING-EDGE SOLUTIONS FOR A DYNAMIC HOME ENVIRONMENT Interview with Victor Periañez

Tell us about the services offered by Illusion… We are specialists in the design, installation and maintenance of lighting, audio-video and control automation projects, from start to finish. We have various different departments and professionals for design, installation and projects. You refurbished your showroom in San Pedro de Alcántara. Why did you decide to undertake this project and what advantages did it entail for your business? Yes, we updated our shop, offices and warehouse to improve the showroom space and working area. It improves our capacity in the areas of display, service and productivity.    What brands do you work with at Illusion? First I would like to say that we are an independent company, and we really like it that way. Of course, we have become associated with various brands and we always choose the leaders in their respective sectors: Delta Light for lighting; Lutron for lighting and curtain control automation; Crestron for integration; Loewe for television; Sony for film projection; Sonos and Linn for audio; Bang & Olufsen for both television and audio.   What do you enjoy most about working in your sector? The relationships with other people and the opportunity to meet

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a very diverse range of people. Over the past few years I’ve met interesting people in different spheres – clients, collaborators, suppliers and staff. What do you think about the transformation of San Pedro de Alcántara over the past two years? I was born in San Pedro, so I’ve seen the town change a lot over the past few decades. The changes in recent years have been important and I think that, thanks to those changes, we can look forward to a very promising future. I’m proud of our town.   In conclusion… We invite everyone to visit our shop or website. We will be delighted to study the options to help you develop your projects, with a team of around 40 professionals and all our experience at your service. i BUSINESS FILE ILLUSION Established since: 2006 Services/products: design, installation and maintenance of lighting, audio-video and control automation projects Calle Ávila 17, Local 2, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel.  (+34) 952 781 669 / info@e-illusion.es / www.e-illusion.es

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DANESPAN PROFESSIONALS IN CONTEMPORARY DESIGNER KITCHENS Interview with Flemming Frank Petersen

Tell us more about your showroom in the Oasis Business Centre… We moved into our new showroom in the Oasis Business Centre a few years ago as we wanted easier parking for our customers and more space for all the different types of kitchens we offer. The showroom is open-plan, airy and contemporary, giving us ample space to show the different kitchen options available as well as the many accessories you can now buy for the kitchen. We are very happy where we are now and the space works very well for us. What are the main kitchen ranges you offer? We work with high-quality and internationally renowned kitchen companies such as Miele, Gaggenau, Neff, Siemens, Bosch and Bora, to name just a few. In your opinion, what makes a perfect kitchen? A perfect kitchen should be aesthetically beautiful and highly functional. There is a kitchen to suit everyone’s needs if chosen carefully. What do you enjoy most about your area of work? I love client contact and I thrive on finding the ultimate solution to someone’s kitchen requirements. I find working that closely with the client from the primary consultation right through to seeing the final result is very rewarding for me.

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Danespan has been established 29 years. What latest developments have you noticed within the kitchen sector as a whole? The kitchen sector is very active and it is constantly evolving. We have noticed that extractor fans are starting to be phased out – they are now built into the hob or ceiling. The handle-less kitchen is very popular now, which makes a kitchen look slick and modern. The desire for more natural looking kitchens, such as using wooden grains, is returning. Our newest kitchen has wood finishings and is a real eye-catcher in the showroom. Also, we seem to be moving away from composite stone and going towards more special stone materials such as granite. In terms of the market, Spain is certainly enjoying an upturn in the economy after such a long crisis period. With the increased investment in Marbella from property buyers, the kitchen sector can only benefit from this. i BUSINESS FILE DANESPAN Established since: 1989 Services/products: kitchens Oasis Business Centre, CN340 Km. 176, Marbella Tel. (+34) 952 868 071 info@danespan.com www.danespan.com

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