About us

Inspiration for contemporary architecture

ESSENZA living is a quality brand in the design and construction of contemporary homes. Created by leading architect Carlos Lamas and business partner Patrick van Dam, ESSENZA is a unique turnkey design concept for clients that seek the development or refurbishment of high quality, contemporary villas featuring up-to-date styling and standards. The concept is also tailored to investors looking to maximize returns by creating unique modern properties of superlative architectural design and finish, set in prime locations of Marbella and surroundings. ESSENZA villas are becoming a ‘reference’ in the current market for leading-edge contemporary architecture. The remarkable villas we create, suit the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Marbella and resonate strongly with discerning international buyers, especially those from across Northern and Central Europe.
We assist our clients in sourcing such opportunities and can create outstanding contemporary villas that meet the requirements and standards of a new generation of buyers. This, along with the uniqueness and pedigree of the properties created, ensures solid, long-term real estate investment. ESSENZA living is involved in the entire process from sourcing and surveying to design, building, project management and the eventual marketing of bespoke modern villas.
Carlos Lamas y Patrick Van Dam

Carlos Lamas

Carlos Lamas is an established and highly-respected Argentinean architect in Marbella and is locally and internationally known as one of the most forward-thinking architects in Southern Spain, with an impressive portfolio of contemporary houses, urbanisations and public buildings to his name. Carlos’ work has been featured in both national and international press, publications and architectural magazines.

His architecture workshop has been established on the Costa del Sol for more than 20 years and offers a complete service ranging from advice before purchasing a plot to main design concepts and site supervision during construction. Carlos Lamas’ work combines architecture and interior design in a global styling concept. You can find his distinctively designed villas in residential areas of Marbella such as Sierra Blanca, Lomas de Puente Romano, Camoján, Guadalmina Baja, La Zagaleta, Los Monteros, Elviria, Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbesa, Los Flamingos and Sotogrande.

Patrick Van Dam

Dutchman Patrick van Dam has a Master in business economics and has lived since graduation in Marbella, starting his own real estate business. Patrick has vast investment experience in the local property market and acts as a real estate consultant in the higher segment of the market, mostly through referrals or private bank clients.

Patrick has developed a strong passion for modern, contemporary architecture and interior design, inspired by different architects and styles all over the world. His ability to convert tendencies, ideas and market knowledge into a appealing product design, serves both investors and end-users and adds value to the Essenza concept and villas.

In charge of the commercial side of Essenza, Patrick has his focus on new business opportunities, marketing and sales, both locally and internationally.

Carlos Lamas y Patrick Van Dam
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