JUXTAPOSING SLEEK, CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE AND UNSPOILED SCENERY, the mountains above Madrid serve as the unlikely backdrop for a lavish "island" retreat. Surrounded entirely by water features, the predominantly glass walls of this striking modern residence rise out of volcanic rock terraces to form a stark silhouette resembling an island suspended in the air. It's a feat of architectural ingenuity that brings luxury to life in a quiet setting near Spain's historic capital city. Accessed by catwalks that sit above the moat-like ponds, it's the open layout and abundance of glass, imported from the United Kingdom, that immediately stand out upon entering. Views over the manicured gardens and forestry beyond are on full display, with plentiful sunlight pouring in. Finished hardwood floors of Australian merbau provide added texture and complement the exquisite stone brought from Southeast Asian. What ultimately defines the home, however, is the state-of-the-art technology within it, and how it's employed to connect to the natural world. With the idea of creating a truly seamless transition to the outdoor living areas, a sophisticated hydraulic system was installed to transform the first floor by lowering the glass walls into the ground. Just like that, the kitchen, dining room and lounge area become a covered outdoor space, creating a memorable and innovative spot to entertain. Its striking design and thoughtful incorporation of water gives the residence the unique distinction of having equally impressive views from the outside looking in, too. Numerous outdoor lounge areas, including a dazzling fire pit and barbeque, create a majestic setting to take it all in as the home reflects off the oversized swimming pool. The free flowing nature persists across 6,964 square feet (647 square meters) of interior living space due to its linear floorplan. High-end appliances in the kitchen are concealed by design, such as the range hood that hangs from the ceiling disguised as a lamp, and give way to a dining room that can become alfresco with the push of a button. A glistening chandelier hangs over the dining table from the open second floor, which is accessed via a minimalist floating staircase. Long-ranging views are intensified on this top level, where a generously sized master suite with a private terrace is the ultimate indulgence, and three more well-appointed bedrooms offer suitable space for all. On the basement level, one will find all the accoutrement of high living. A gym and spa for pampering, as well as a library and home theater for relaxing, are all located here. Additionally, a deluxe guest apartment complete with a private terrace ensures guests are comfortably accommodated. Effortlessly perfecting the balance between modernity and tranquility, this ultra-chic home is an ideal getaway for those in search of peace on their own little island. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS CONTEMPORARY SPANISH RESIDENCE, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: CQFB88
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