We’re mad for that Med way of life, and this family home in Mallorca does it better than the rest
Poised on a rocky cliff in Mallorca, this family home is Med living personified
the owners of this remarkable home in Mallorca needed plenty of patience in their search for a Mediterranean holiday property. It took them about three years to find the right house. Built in the late 1950s by renowned Mallorcan architect Pere garau, the house is situated on a rocky cliff with spectacular views. The property overlooks two separate bays, with views of the open Mediterranean on the horizon in one direction, and the small port town of santa Ponsa in the other.
The house underwent a previous renovation some time in the 1990s, which left the structure with some unfortunate elements such as aluminium windows and high-shine marble floors. The owners immediately opted for a substantial renovation. attracted by their minimalist and contemporary approach, the couple called in Mallorca-based architecture and design practice Moredesign to work on the project.
The couple requested raw materials to be included in the renovation, to create
simplicity and serenity in the space. designer Manuel Villanueva says, ‘We wanted to create a place where people felt comfortable, where anyone would want to read a book, fall asleep, have an intimate conversation. and we wanted the house to fit gently into its surroundings as well as making the best use of both the morning and afternoon light.’
The renovation began in 2016 and included substantial structural interventions to the pre-existing house. staircases and passageways were added to connect the different areas of the home more organically, and it now features eight bedrooms, most of which are en suite, as well as substantial interior and outdoor living areas, a large kitchen, a separate laundry and a wine cellar.
This ‘blurring of borders’ between the interior and exterior, achieved via the huge windows and doors as well as by the fact that the floors of the immediate outdoor terraces are finished in precisely the same way as those in the interior spaces, is precisely what ‘the magic of Mediterranean landscapes’ is all about, says Manuel.
Key to the success of this aspect of the architecture are the wide overhangs created by the home’s undulating roof structure. These generous eaves are ‘one of the greatest architecture elements in the Mediterranean,’ says Manuel, adding that these have been ‘forgotten’ in recent times. ‘They protect from rain and specially from sun,’ he says. ‘Being so far south means that the sun in summer is very vertical, and these overhangs permitted us to use the large glass windows without inundating the interior with sunlight that is too bright, hot and direct.’ Instead, there is a gentle softness to the natural light that floods the interiors.
The colour palette for the interior is made up of soft beiges, bone white and warm greys. Microcement floors and pared-back soft furnishings, set off by contemporary artworks, create a minimalist yet welcoming interior. natural textures and materials are employed throughout, including signature Moredesign elements such as untreated wood, hand-carved stone and locally manufactured encaustic tiles.
a beautiful blend of inside and out, of softness with transparency and of the contemporary with the organic, this house epitomises all that is most special about Mediterranean living. 8 moredesign.es n
opposite page, from top The main living room at The front of The house features large windows That open completely from ceiling To floor The pool pavilion features a large chillout seating area as well as a fully fitted outdoor kitchen; This outdoor dining area is situated under cover on The Terrace, adjacent To The kitchen