Karl Lagerfeld is, without a doubt, one of the fashion brands of the moment. After the success of his collection CARA LOVES KARL designed in collaboration with model Cara Delevingne and advertisements on the biopic Inspired by the life of the iconic designer, as well as the tribute to Karl Lagerfeld during the 2023 Exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Gala of the Costume Institute, the Parisian brand has just revealed new details about Karl Lagerfeld Villas Marbellathe name of the project with which the firm intends to bring to reality one of the dreams and passions of the man known as Kaiser of fashion
Five exclusive villas, architecturally different from each othersharing a location in the more than 9,000 m2 of one of the most coveted plots of the entire Costa del Sol, popularly known as Marbella Golden Mile. Nestled between the sea and the mountains, the environment where these houses will be built will act as a “lung” allowing the creation of an oasis where light and temperature are pleasant throughout the year. The landscape architects working on the project have imagined “islands of greenery” that mix colors and scents inspired by the gardens Karl Lagerfeld loved and revisited on his travels around the world.
The project also includes the construction of more than two kilometers of bike lanes that will connect the area of the villas with the sea and will promote alternative mobility in the most exclusive areas of Marbella. Karl Lagerfeld Villas will also support an urban forestry strategy by planting up to 350 trees, thus contributing to the biodiversity of the area and helping to reduce CO2 emissions. Sustainability and zero impact on the environment will undoubtedly be two of the fundamental values that define this project from its foundations.
The villas will be built with mixed structures of wood and innovative materials like the reflective synthetic ceramic, finished with white gold powder and chosen to wrap each house to create a polished, semi-reflective effect. These are biodegradable, recyclable materials with a radically lower impact on the carbon footprint than those traditionally used. In addition, the solar panels will optimize the total energy consumption, while the home automation systems will manage and control the additional energy consumption. Geothermal features and a rainwater recovery tank will promote circular needs to be implemented in reflecting pools, pools, green roofs, and an irrigation system for the entire plot.
When fashion becomes architecture
As Karl Lagerfeld’s career became increasingly multidisciplinary, the artist was involved in various interior design and architecture projects, two subjects that deeply fascinated him. His resulting work can be found in places like Paris, Miami, Berlin, Taiwan, Monte-Carlo, Singapore and Toronto, among others. His latest projects include the lavish renovation of Les Grands Apartments at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and the Hotel Karl Lagerfeld in Macau. Karl Lagerfeld Villas Marbella is the first luxury residential project inspired by the creative testament of one of the most celebrated designers of the 20th century.
With surfaces ranging between 1,045 m2 and 1,305 m2, the houses will have four levels (three floors and a basement), a swimming pool, a private garden, a spa, a movie theater and spacious rooms. Each of them will be surrounded by zones of calm and serenity for attention, in addition to natural water ponds and pedestrian paths with private access to the individual villas. The living spaces on the ground floor will embrace transparency and remove the visual boundaries of gardens and nature, opening up to the endless landscape. Between the spaces, a geometric shaped staircase, inspired by some patterns and designs created by Karl Lagerfeld, will shine with brushed steel panels, acting as the central core of the villa.
The dualism between black and white, present in the terrazzo marble floor and aesthetic details in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens will be another distinctive sign that demonstrates how Karl Lagerfeld’s aesthetic taste will be present in every corner of each villa. The lounge area will feature a custom bookcase – designed as a tribute to Karl’s love of books – made from reclaimed wood panels. The steel furniture and accessories will be welded and built in one piece (without screw connections), which will further enhance the abstract character of the objects present in each villa.