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A walk-in work of art...


After putting the finishing touches on the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, architect Olivier Sednaoui met antiques collector and interior designer Amr Khalil at a party and was tasked with designing a mansion full of life, home to myriad stages for entertaining guests and acting as the perfect springboard for exploring the best of El Gouna. Looking to a handful of European landmarks for inspiration — from Saint Mark’s Basilica of Venice to the Minoan murals of Santorini and Barcelona’s Palace of Catalan Music — he set about to transfix the attention of the onlooker through a palette of rich materials and an imaginative use of light and shadow within a classical, rational-style building. 

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...never quite finished

Resembling a museum of antique furniture from as far back as the 1700s, the interiors are home to original art deco pieces by French artist Jules Leleu, an opulent restored ceiling rescued from an abandoned hotel in Alexandria, an art nouveau fireplace, and decorative mosaic colonnades each as unique as the next. Paintings and drawings in a number of styles from bygone eras to the contemporary — including architectural drawings by Olivier Sednaoui — are found adorning walls throughout, while sculptures, grand chandeliers, and subtle objets d’art bring further character to the interior spaces.

Louis Benech undertook the gardens at La Maison Bleue with a meticulous attention to detail and a soupçon of irreverence, exercising his creative freedom while allowing the Egyptian flora to exhibit its wild side with subtlety. Described by the New York Times as France’s most revered landscape designer, Benech sees gardens as an extension of interior design capable of concealing myriad opportunities for adventure. An outdoor swimming pool, a private lagoon, and numerous hideaway corners abound throughout the property, made effulgent by the Egyptian sun. 

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