The beautiful residential Villa in Madliena, Malta sits atop a steep slope overlooking the Mediterranean Sea below. The clients, a South African family of three, wanted a residence where they would have the freedom to entertain their family and friends from near and far. In the design scheme, DeMicoli and Associates' architects focused on an open and welcoming interior and exterior layout, utilizing natural lighting and materials, and stabilizing acoustical design.
The entrance to the villa requires one to cross a raw teak wood bridge. To the left is a wide spiral staircase leading down to the dining area and main floor. Windows all along the first floor open to barbeque, the pool and the view of the sea below, connecting the space to its surroundings with fluidity.
The façade of the villa faces south while the pool and the view face sea to Malta's north. Thus the sea view brings in a gentle northern light, which is balanced in the main reception areas with the warm southern light creeping in from the windows behind the staircase. Elsewhere, skylights are used to balance out and compliment the natural lighting.
The villa sits so comfortably in its environment not only because of the architectural structure of the building but because of the choice of design materials used. The subtle contrasts between different natural stones from Malta and wood keep the palate harmonious (within itself as well as with the nature), while the neutral tones and varying finishes keep the mood simple, earthy, and peaceful.