10 Questions With: David Calvo

10 Questions With: David Calvo
As the founder of David Calvo architects, David Calvo is the cog in a mixed network of talented collaborators, who are at the forefront of design in Ibiza. With over 20 years of experience, David aims to enrich each project with environmental awareness, new technologies, and an open-minded approach to design. He lives in Talamanca with his wife, Olaya, and daughter, Uma. His favourite colour depends on his mood.

David, what’s on your morning reading list?

In the morning I just want to enjoy a good breakfast with my family. I leave the lists for later.

Describe your perfect 24 hours in Ibiza

Breakfast in my neighbourhood of Talamanca; swimming and snorkelling in a cove in the north; lunch with friends in any corner of the island; a relaxed after-dinner drink; enjoying the sunset somewhere on the west coast of the island, and finally a night walk around Ibiza and a drink in Dalt Vila or Plaza de Parque de Ibiza.

You can invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

Any of my grandparents, I would ask them a lot of questions about their past and about our family past, which would be an incredibly emotional experience; Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect I most admire, which would be a superlative professional and intellectual experience. And the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist sage, which would be a wonderfully spiritual experience.

What are you most proud of professionally?

Developing ideas that I believe in and convincing the client to build them, no matter how risky they are.

Soundtrack for exercise?

The Strokes rock.

When you travel, what three things are essential?

The truth is that they are not material, they are conceptual. For me, enthusiasm, joy and an open attitude to be surprised by discoveries.

Hedonism or wellbeing?

Wellbeing with drops of hedonism.

How do you get to sleep?

With a good read before bed, sometimes it's just the story I read to my daughter.

Favourite building in the world?

That I have ever visited, Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

What is the last great book you have read?

I recommend the Emotional Intelligence series of readings edited by HBR (Harvard Business Review).