Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

The Style Examiner recently came across what may have taken the top spot on our holiday destination wish list: designed by Vora Arquitectura, the Villa Extramuros is a small villa-hotel located in Arraiolos, in the Alentejo area of Portugal, and very close to Évora, a Unesco world heritage city.

Inspired by the traditional design of southern European residences and medieval convents, with a courtyard at the core of the building, the contemporary villa contains five guest rooms hidden and protected from the outside in order to allow more privacy, while offering bright views from inside.

The interior decoration (carried out by the Parisian owners) mixes traditional local handicraft (in the form of carpets, blankets, bowls and tiles) with pieces by established designers from the 1950s to now, including Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand, Marc Newson, Konstantin Grcic, Pierre Paulin, Joe Colombo, and Jasper Morrison.