As sun shines over Britain, we’ve all turned our hopeful heads to the summer. Shorts on, shades are out, and search buttons for sun have been increased tapped – and Nomo Studio have made the perfect summer getaway on the unique island of Menorca.
Not too many people know all that much about the isle of Menorca in the Balearic Islands, opting for the more popular isles of Mallorca (Majorca, no-one really knows which) and Ibiza.
But the flockage of Brits that descend onto the isles each year has turned them a little, well, British.
Menorca remains largely unspoilt, and increasingly, developers are turning their head to the hidden gem on the Balearics.
The flat baron landscape is very unusual, and the architecture is equally minimal. That’s why Nomo Studio’s design is so fitting to the feel if the island.
The first sight out of the property is a snapshot of the amazing panoramic view, the house ‘framing’ the sea.
The design of the house was intended to showcase the best of it’s surroundings, and not to be the centre piece.
The roof is sloped backwards so that it sinks with the gradient of the hill, so the neighbours won’t even known you’re there. Nothing worse than snoopy neighbours, especially on holiday.
Situated on the north-east side of the island, it’s just next to the stunning beach at Fornells and also a slightly bigger option at Arenal d’en Castell.
The kitchen and master bedroom are both situated on the top floors, allowing the bottom floor for guests or larger visits. And also to give the owners the best views of course.
The concrete shell of the house was cast in-situ to create a robust aesthetic that maintains a sense of privacy when the house is viewed from most angles. So again, no snoopy neighbours.
“The strong contrast between the openness of the sea-view facade and the opacity of the side and back facades create a strong framing effect,” Nomo Studio said.
“To further enhance this gesture the roof is inclined, opening up towards the view and the whole front facade is glazed from floor to ceiling with large sliding windows.”
Menorca’s not all about beaches though, despite being pretty good at them.
The beautiful port town capital of Mahon is never short of something to do, with enough restaurants and bars to make you go dizzy, and a fantastic music festival in the middle of an old square that runs all the way through July and August.
You also have to make sure you get yourself to Es Mercadal to see the Sant Martí Festival, where the talented jockeys rear their horses onto their hind legs in the middle of the square, as masses of locals attempt to touch the belly of the horse in what is the most extraordinarily crazy day.
Or simply buzz on a little boat from cove to cove, soaking up the sunshine.
The best part about Menorca is that it has managed to stay relatively unscathed by tourism, so as much as HEKKTA would love for you to see the island, make sure not to tell your friends.