Villa Extramuros, Portugal

Villa Extramuros is a small guesthouse located in Arriolos, the region of Alentejo, Portugal. Completed in 2011 it was designed by Jordi Fornells and Rolf Heinemann of Vora Arquitectura, with most of the styling done by the Parisian owners.

The Architecture is inspired by the traditional designs of Latin mansions and medieval castles, with all the main living spaces situated off a large internal courtyard. With its white façade and very few external openings the villa resembles typical architecture in southern Portugal, characterised by its formal simplicity and use of few materials. Cork, raw concrete, marble, and waxed concrete floors dominate the surfaces. Orange trees surround the villa and effectively soften the hard materials that are used throughout the project.

The Villa sits within a picturess landscape surrounded by cork oaks, olive trees and Portuguese castles; the architecture is cleverly designed to drink in its surrounds whilst simultaneously creating privacy for its occupants. Spreading over 2 floors, the villa houses 5 guest suites – 3 standard and 2 superior rooms. Each room has its own private terrace with the 2 superior rooms capturing the more spectacular views over the castle and countryside.

Styled by the chic Parisian owners with covetable designer furniture from the likes of Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand, Marc Newson, Konstantin Grcic, Pierre Paulin, Jo Colombo and Jasper Morrison to name a few. Simultaneously the interiors are mixed with intricate pieces from local artisans.

Featuring a 15m long swimming pool surrounded by olive trees; this luxury retreat is sure to delight.

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Written by Angela Neylon

The Joanne Green Blog // An Interior Design blog

Photographs By Adrià Goula, Alexandre Gempeler