Las Boas de Ibiza
Artfully blending tradition and modernity, Las Boas de Ibiza offers a unique living experience that captures the essence of the island in all its contrasts.
Las Boas is a building that captivates your attention. Passers-by pause to look as they go down the long, palm-dotted, immaculately-tended promenade in front. The stunning, sinuous twists of primary colour draw your eye in to the open centre of the structure, a one-of-a-kind amphitheatre that has the whole of Ibiza as its stage. The entire building has been designed with "Green" in mind. Plants and flowers are planted within the spirals found throughout the building and designed to contrast in color perfectly with their respective nests. Trees and flowers pop up and out in the interior of the building.
This playful, extrovert character extends throughout the development. Designed by leading contemporary architect Jean Nouvel in partnership with top Barcelona shop Ribas & Ribas, the intention was to combine the two unique aspects of Ibiza life—tradition and modernity—in one spectacular whole.
The hedonism for which the island is renowned is celebrated in the splashes and swirls of bright colour everywhere, the exuberance of the feather boa from which the building gets its name, which rise up in tiers of sexy, sensual curves that draw the eye around, giving a sense of freedom and openness and a chance for unexpected connection.
Traditional local roots are echoed in the use of white as background colour throughout and the fact that each apartment is named after a different cala Ibicenca, the intimate, natural coves that crowd the island's shores. In fact, the form of the entire building is inspired by the form of an Ibizan cove, complete with the water in the form of a lake-size pool. At night, projections illuminate the water filling the central stage of the building with light.
Every one of the 179 apartments is unique, down to the trencadís used to make the floor—traditional hand-broken tile shards, often used by Barcelona architect Gaudí in his work—which are different in every single unit.
“In this project the water which penetrates the buildings is a vital element as it affords freshness and, concurrently, provides the pleasure of taking a dip.”
Architect, Life Marina Project
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