The distinctive architecture & design of the complex invited visitors to experience a unique complex from the very beginning. El Guarapo was built in 1987. Luis Díaz Feria, a renowned local architect, designed a small, intimate complex combining traditional island architecture and the latest modern practices. He proposed different whitewashed structural units connected with the organic flow of garden areas and a swimming pool.
Recently renovated interiors of our apartment suites bear elegant and fresh design. Interior architect Skaidra Žeižytė created it in collaboration with a local team.
As a result, many furnishings were custom-designed to reveal the beauty of simple materials. Interior spaces have a subtle play of grey and olive tones with bright details. The focus was to create a comfortable familiarity with used and sustainable materials.
Moreover, the common spaces at El Guarapo combine original lithography, oil paintings by Spanish and International artists. At the same time, the central Reception table’s unique yet minimal ornamental design pays tribute to local volcanic material.
Also, Bali’s oil paintings and a collection of original vintage posters by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, Karl Appel or Elsworth Kelly give each apartment its individual feel.
Our tranquil garden area comprises organic forms, diverse species of cacti, succulents and bougainvillaeas bursting with colour. Intense sunlight is washing the garden during the day, producing subtle collages of shadows on the white walls. Therefore, the effect intensifies the blackness of the “picón” (lava ash and gravel that serves as a mulch) that dominates the garden beds. Moreover, due to the island’s proximity to the equator, the sun sets rapidly, and the dark of night arrives suddenly.
To sum up, blacks and whites, dark and light, produce sharp dramatic contrasts in the Lanzarote landscape.
The clean air and reduced light pollution on the island reveal the darkest skies. As a result, at night, the plants seem to dissolve back into the darkness of the black lava.
Strengthening the distinctive architecture & design of the complex, we invited light designer and artist Rūta Palionyte to create a night garden installation. She proposed an idea to embrace the darkness whilst promoting a peaceful night garden that focuses on the plants’ unique qualities that adorn it.
Following the existing architectural lines of the complex, small islands of native plants become the protagonists of a shadow play – their fluid forms projected as silhouettes over the walls. To this end, small directional spotlights have been used to create a significant effect.
El Guarapo Apartamentos
Calle de las Tabaibas, 10,
Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
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