Villa E by Studio KO is described as a minimalist mountain lodge, but it’s place in the Moroccan foothills, solid stone walls, and imposing metallic entrance make it seem more like a fortress. Locally-sourced Ouriko stone gives the luxury home the distinct red colour often associated with nearby Marrakesh. To contrast the building’s somewhat harsh exterior, the interior is filled with soft white walls, large windows, and high ceilings.
The interior features all the trademarks of modern design, but uses distinct features such as a stone fireplace and slab counters to create a connection with the robust landscape that surrounds the house. Full-height windows give the inhabitants an unobstructed view on all sides, which reinforces that Villa E is an architectural oasis in the middle of the desert.
In order to complement the natural earth tones, stone, marble, and wood make up the materials pallet layered with artwork you might expect to find in the markets of Marrakesh. Rugs made from exotic fabrics, simple stone sculptures, and a collection of decorative ceramics. These handcrafted elements are instantly recognisable delivering a delicious Moroccan flavour.
Photography: Daniel Glasser and Philippe Garcia