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mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

Spain Architecture News - Dec 18, 2021 - 18:11   1582 views

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura has renovated an old building as a photography centre in Llucmajor, Mallorca, Spain

Named Toni Catany International Photography Centre, the 1,200-square-metre building complements the existing buildings with the same architectural language incorporating three dimensional façade elements. 

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

Located in the old town of Llucmajor (Mallorca), occupying part of the house where the photographer Toni Catany was born, the studio built the International Photography Centre, based on the work and the collection of this great artist.

The place, the history, the remains, the scale, the classic typology of houses closed to the outside and open onto courtyards... all of this obviously forms the base for the project.

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

They are phantoms or realities that accompany us, though we have to control them.

However, the studio did not forget that its mission in the building was to build a contemporary museographic centre of reference as a suitable setting for exceptional works.

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

The architects conserved remains, rebuilding some, they primitively restored the façades with care although the space is new, open, flexible, large, available, with very controlled light, sometimes shadowy.

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

Some singular elements appear: a staircase that takes flight, another that recreates the chromatic world of the artist in question. Though the protagonist is always the space with an accompanying detail at hand that is both radical and approachable.

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain

Project facts

1st Prize (by unanimity): National Project Competition 2018

Developer: Government of the Balearic Islands (Department of Culture) and Spanish Ministry of Culture

Architect: Josep Lluís Mateo

Design date: 2018-2019

Construction date: November 2019 - September 2021

Built surface area: 1.200 m2

Contractor: Obras y Pavimentos MAN

Technical architect: Biel Garcies

Structures: BAC Engineering Consultancy Group

Installations and sustainability: DEERNS

Bill of quantities: Arrevolt

Video maker: Dan Barreri

All images © Aldo Amoretti y Gabriel Ramon

All drawings © mateoarquitectura

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