The recent finals of the International Property Awards in London saw a big win for architecture and design on the Costa del Sol, with the BRIGHT development company taking not only Best in Spain but also Best in Europe in the category Architecture Single Residence.


Their entry, Villa Alcuzcuz, located in the hills above San Pedro, is the Coast’s first luxury environmentally friendly home built to Passive House Regulations and Standards, guaranteeing more than 75 percent saving on energy costs compared with a standard new build.


The UDesign Architecture Studio is the creative force behind the Bright brand. “We’re very excited about this win, because it’s a win for the entire architecture and design sector in southern Spain,” saidJason 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 eighteen 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,” adds Jason.

Held at The Savoy hotel, the International Property Awards cover eleven different categories in architecture alone. Judged by a panel of 80 international independent experts in all aspects of design and architecture, the emphasis is not only on design and innovation, but also on sustainability.