Spain | 2020
Can Bordoy is a small hotel with a magnificent garden located in the center of Palma de Mallorca. Finished on January 2019, it is a complete renovation of a 2.500sqm abandoned building that had been intervened throughout its more than 500 years of history. The proposed program is intended to evoke the experience of visiting a house more than a hotel. Therefore, rather than being at a hotel reception, the clients meet at the entrance hall of the house, instead of a restaurant we find a residential dining room, the rooms and living rooms are like those you would find in an old house, etc. The project carefully preserves the romantic and decadent atmosphere found in the building and is deliberately contrasted with interventions and elements from different epochs. The proposal is respectful intervention with the existing centenary architectural crossbreeding, maintaining the traces of the past and avoiding a false recovery of a glorious past that the house has never had. Inspired by the traditional Japanese technique of Kintsugi - the art of repairing broken antique porcelain with a precious material, such as gold dust, and thus obtaining a repaired piece that does not hide the fracture and whose result is a piece that may have even more value than the ceramic before breaking- the project doesn´t pretend to hide the heterodox eclecticism of the existing building, but instead conciliate and celebrate the different layers of history and clearly highlight the new interventions that have been necessary to give the house its new use. A series of architectural strategies were designed and developed throughout the building as a collection of theatrical and distinctive contemporary interventions in dialogue with the existing building. The eclecticism of the architecture is reflected in the furniture with pieces from very different eras and origins that coexist with contemporary furniture as a collection of beds and bars designed by OHLAB specifically for Can Bordoy.
Simple Design Studio
TANSEISHA Co., Ltd.
WAH Original Space Architecture Design Institude
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