In Europe there are only 25,000 certified homes built under these strict energy standards, 101 of them in Spain, of which Villa Alcuzcuz is the only one on the Costa del Sol. However, all of these have dimensions of less than 300 square meters built. Bright and UDesign were attracted by the challenge of designing a residential villa where they could show that luxury and acclimatization of large spaces (1,155 m2) are not at odds with sustainability.
Villa Alcuzuz was born from that challenge, the first large, luxury home that respects the environment and is built in accordance with the Passive House Regulations and Standards and, in addition, stands out for having exquisite design that is arranged around a large central glass living space (with windows 6.5m high, something unprecedented in this type of construction) with privileged views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar.
Along with the Passive House building standards, Villa Alcuzcuz uses an aerothermal ventilation system and solar panels for water supply, underfloor heating and the LED lighting system. The design is also adapted to the plot, orienting the house to the south to take advantage of southern Spain’s mild climate. Thus, the terraces are designed as large awnings that protect the house, giving shade inside and allowing heat to enter during the winter.
The designers were very clear that a house like this is to be enjoyed, so they incorporated an extraordinary entertainment and wellness space with a cinema room, sports bar, pool table, VIP seating, DJ booth, state-of-the-art golf simulator, fully equipped gym, wellness area with hairdressing salon, treatment rooms and relaxation areas.