Thursday, June 16

Traditional meets modern in a Spanish country home

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Dating back to early 1700’s, this house was built in Algaida, Mallorca as a warehouse and oil mill. But by the time architect Durval Dias Junior discovered it, it had lain abandoned for decades and fallen into disrepair. The architect was fascinated with the possibilities that this building offered, he says, "the building retained enough original architectural elements to give it a clear identity". 

He set about restoring these traditional elements using local sandstone to repair the walls, arches of the windows and the staircase. Wooden beams salvaged from the site were re-purposed to make the interior doors. Use of such earthy materials along with the elegant architectural austerity, few ornaments and open spaces pay a warm tribute to the sober Mallorcan village houses. 

The Spartan industrial backdrop compliments the minimalistic interior style perfectly. Durval has used modern furniture and a soothing palette of earthy colours and natural materials like wood, stone and iron. An unadorned concrete floor unifies the space and accents of red provide the final flourish to bring it all together.

All images via Nuevo Estilo

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