Villa K / IAIA – Idea Art Interior Architects
Textual description provided by the architect. Villa K is a two-storey private residence located in Meydan’s Millennium Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The villa is divided into two levels, with double-height ceilings visible in the main entrance, staircase lobby and main reception space. IAIA Studio used a variety of marble slabs and finishes to highlight the potential of natural stone in the home’s interiors. The marble slabs are carefully selected to blend with each other, wrap around the floors and walls, and are carved to include pattern, texture and lighting details.
“We wanted to show what can be done with marble,” says IAIA Head of Design Darine Jabeili. The client loves marble and wanted to create depth, different tones and moods using only marble. They wanted to highlight themes within different spaces to suit their unique lifestyle. In response to the needs and aspirations of his clients, Villa K’s aesthetic is one of “altered materiality”, an avant-garde approach in which he works with different materials together in the complexity of one space . Throughout the design process, four natural elements were present and participated in the design decision process and iterative methodology. The material palette was created based on primary materials and generated with careful consideration of natural and artificial lighting elements. The aim was to take the client on an atmospheric journey filled with texture and pattern felt through sight and touch. The color, material, texture and veining of the marble changes from space to space, telling different parts of the story.
Each room is designed with a new story in mind. Something that pursues the functionality of a space and interacts with the light, shape, and form of its architectural elements. Cold marble is used on the ground floor, the floors are covered in a bookmatched finish and the walls are wrapped in fluted marble, adding depth to the space. Wood plays a big role in the design, with lines of oak veneer adding to the storyline to complete the marble veins. Finally, a unique hanging light fixture floats over his double-height reception, providing sculptural ambient light. The staircase leading to the second floor acts as an interruption through the marble used, style of finish, and carved cuts in the cladding. Silver travertine wraps around the stairs and walls, revealing a monolithic staircase with different lighting scenarios that illuminate the stairs, walls and patio simultaneously.
Above that, on the second floor, there is a bridge across a double-height entrance connecting the bedrooms. Each bedroom is characterized by a unique selection of materials and finishes. Light, plants and wood finishes enhance the quality of the space. “We chose to work with natural materials that tell a story. We wanted to work with what nature has to offer. This project uses natural materials, furniture, home technology We managed the residue by incorporating them into the design elements of the area, the parking lot. In fact, the parking lot was covered in a patchwork of remaining silver travertine marble. From the choice of materials to the design of the furniture. Until now, the focus of the project has been nature playing a key role, which is reflected in colours, finishes, materials and accessories.