Architect Christian Cabral talks to the Olive Press about inspiration, the environment and Benahavis property…
What is the construction industry like in Benahavis?
Benahavis is a large and heterogeneous area; the historic town, developments such as La Quinta and Alqueria and the exclusive developments like Zagaleta and Marbella Club. Each presents different requirements, and recently the demand for new builds has started to increase. I have noticed a definite increase in new consultations which I hope indicates some recovery in the economy.
What drew you to architecture?
I was always fascinated with buildings and their capacity to carry a cultural ‘message’. Even very small changes can have a big impact. Sustainability and consideration of the environment are always key, and I enjoy developing and combining traditional with modern concepts.
Where did you train?
I studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires before leaving Argentina in 2001 to travel around Europe. After spending some time in Madrid I moved to the Costa del Sol, where I am now opening an office in Benahavis.
Why have you settled in Andalucia?
For me, Andalucia is a place that allows you to open the ‘door’ on to nature; you have immediate access to the sea, mountains, fresh air, and of course the sunshine!
What do you think about Andalucia’s architectural style?
I like the principles of designing to adapt to the climate. This is one of the basic concepts of ‘sustainable architecture’, which is increasingly fashionable, but is not often incorporated into design.
Contact Christian Cabral on 622 113 826 or 627 805 581, or email [email protected], or visit his office at 4 Calle Estepona, open for consultations Wednesday 4-8pm, or other days by appointment