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Location: Marbella,  Spain
Size: 620 m2

Architects: 123DV

Photography: © Carlos Caceres Lavergne

The sea in your holiday villa

If we can’t have a holiday villa directly at the seaside, we will bring the sea to the villa. That’s how we solved our client wishes of living at the seaside. The initial dream of the owner was having a plot by the sea. The translation of the dream lead to a design concept of water.

Transparent glass swiming pool

A transparent swimming pool – the corners are transparent: no steel construction is applied – is located in the heart of this modern high end villa. Next to this glass swimming pool a channel of water flows along the entire living area – downstairs, as well as upstairs. From the concrete staircase you can catch a glimpse of the sea from different viewpoints.  The use of stepping stones is repeated on the top floor, where a playful transition of inside/outside is created. On the roof you can experience maximum freedom: using the outside shower while gazing at the sea.


To guarantee a certain level of privacy for the owners, the street side facade looks rather aloof. After opening the door in the wall, the visitor would expect a continuation of the defensive atmosphere, but the effect of inversion is astonishing. From that moment on it surprises you everytime. After the first surprising element – the stepping stones in the water – you enter complete spatial openness. A transparent look is created by applying glass and long sight lines. The water and its reflection in different locations enhance this effect.

Wood and natural stone

Smooth, hygienic materials with a cool, clean look and feel are combined with warm, organic materials, like wood and natural stone. For warmth, comfort and entertainment there’s a large tailor made cooking island made out of solid Corian, a fireplace, a leather seat that can be transformed into a home cinema system.

Home automation

All technical devices can be operated by smartphones or tablets. Even the lights in the facade, that shine through vertical slits – adding a warm welcoming feeling to the atmospere surrounding the villa in the evening.

Living proof

Cool Blue Villa is a luxury family villa for life, surrounded by luxury and water. A stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea. Now the residents use the villa for holidays. In the long-term they could even transform their holiday home into a place to settle down and grow old happily ever after.


© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne
© Carlos Caceres Lavergne

All images Courtesy of 123DV


123dv-liong-lie.400x400.jpgLiong Lie

Passion. I think I didn’t choose the architecture profession. The profession chose me. In my youth I was always creating; making drawings, building furniture, improvising music with my friends. When I had to choose I remember visiting the model making room at a Dutch university (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven). “This is it!” I thought and before I knew I was studying architecture, travelling the world visiting buildings.

Commitment. My parents thought me to treat other people like I want to be treated. That means collaboration out of respect, going for the best idea instead of taking the idea of “the boss” for granted, having fun, while working hard and getting results. That is how I am in private life with my family and how we organize our office.

Surprise. At a two year trip around the world for the work of my father at an age of nine years old we travelled through the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. I discovered that there is not one ultimate answer how you should life. With this attitude I also approach life and projects. Asking why and trying to look beyond the obvious. That is what makes it all worth for me.

123DV is founded by Liong Lie in 1999 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The designs include a minimalist high end 85 m2 360 Villa in the Dutch forest, a luxury holiday villa in Marbella, Spain surrounded by water, a 1600 m2 modern villa in Tehran, Iran on a mountain slope. Because people’s identity is key for the design, every project is an exciting journey.

Read about 123DV Modern Villas

Sint-Jobsweg 30 N
3024 EJ Rotterdam
The Netherlands
+31 10 478 20 64




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