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mateoarquitectura renovates old building as a photography centre in Mallorca, Spain
Spain Architecture News - Dec 18, 2021 - 18:11 1191 views
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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