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STUNNING: Villa Alcuzcuz sits in the hills behind San Pedro, Marbella

A LUXURY eco-friendly villa in Marbella has beat out hundreds of entries for a top European architecture award.

Villa Alcuzcuz, located in the hills above San Pedro, won Best in Europe in the Architecture Single Residence category at the finals of the International Property Awards, held this year at The Savoy in London.

Built by development company BRIGHT, it is the first luxury home to be built to Passive House Regulations and Standards, guaranteeing more than 75% saving on energy costs compared with a standard new build.

The UDesign Architecture Studio is the creative force behind the Bright brand.

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JAW-DROPPING: The home offers incredible views of the Costa del Sol

“We’re very excited about this win, because it’s a win for the entire architecture and design sector in Southern Spain,” said Jason Harris, CEO of UDesign, who, along with Michael Rodziewicz, current CEO of BRIGHT, set up the company with the ‘express aim of creating exceptional spaces that improve quality of life through pure design.’

They are also in the process of developing another project in the Marbella area: Vista Lago Residences, a luxury development of 18 designer villas in Real de la Quinta.

“Everyone here is trying to build and design a better villa than the competition, contributing to a hotspot of creativity that keeps pushing the standards higher and higher,” added Jason.

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WINNER: Villa Alcuzcuz wins big at International Property Awards in London

Covering 11 different categories in architecture alone, the International Property Awards are among the most prestigious in the world.

They are judged by a panel of 80 international independent experts in all aspects of design and architecture, with an emphasis not only on design and innovation, but also on sustainability.

They were established in 1993 by Stuart Shield, publisher of the International Property and Travel magazine.

There were more than 2,800 entrants in the 2019 edition.

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