Paseo Mallorca 15: urban architectural highlight with a green lung

Iserlohn, 27 February 2024

A new landmark for Palma: located directly on Paseo Mallorca, the apartment building of the same name seamlessly blends with the distinctive Mediterranean architecture of the region. This is due to the incorporation of local, natural materials. Dornbracht fittings are used in the extraordinary interior design by OHLAB studio, as are the matching shower applications.

Progressive architecture with a sense of tradition
The most striking element of the exclusive residential complex is its main facade, for which the architect duo Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver had a very special vision: it was to have the lightness of a glass construction, but at the same time take account of Mallorca’s hot climate, especially in summer. The idea that the two finally realised is as surprising as it is logical: instead of a glass front, a permeable “skin” made of certified pine slats now filters the sun. “Wooden Majorcan shutters are deeply ingrained in the local architectural tradition of this Mediterranean island”, say the two OHLAB founders. “So, our approach prioritises the integration of these proven elements from the region’s architectural heritage, thoughtfully adapted to suit the specific climatic conditions.”

The design of the wooden slats was optimised to provide protection from direct sunlight while also creating a fascinating interplay of light and shadow in the rooms behind them. The parts of the building containing the sleeping areas of the ten apartments, on the other hand, were clad with solid, cooling fibre-reinforced concrete panels. In conjunction with cross-ventilation and a heat recovery system, this sophisticated facade construction is the key to maximising energy efficiency. “The building meets the stringent criteria for passive house certification, resulting in nearly zero energy consumption”, say Hernaiz and Oliver.

Green oasis in the inner courtyard
Anyone entering Paseo Mallorca 15 is greeted by a wall of Spanish reeds: a plant that is typical of Mediterranean riverbeds and is a nod to the watercourse of the Riera, which flows on the other side of the avenue. An oasis of tranquillity awaits in the inner courtyard, featuring an abundance of plants. With its various levels, it looks like a green lung of vegetation and trees. A waterfall cascades from the adjoining small garden, cooling the inner courtyard. Together with cross ventilation, it effectively lowers the indoor temperatures during the hot months without relying on energy consumption. From here, there is direct access to the basement, which houses a swimming pool, gym and spa area for the residents.

Light sandy tones and natural materials
Natural, local materials predominate in the design of the apartments, specifically capturing the Mediterranean flair of Palma. This includes wood panelling and plain lime mortar, complemented by local natural stone and occasional elements of aged bronze. The different textures and colours form a balanced, harmonious whole. In keeping with this, the individual apartments are characterised by light sandy tones, open spaces and minimalist interiors.

Harmonious ensembles with Dornbracht fittings
Fittings from Dornbracht can be found in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms – and with their Brushed Durabrass (23kt Gold) finish, they form an essential element of the overall aesthetic concept. While Tara adorns the kitchen unit, the Tara and Meta ranges create harmonious ensembles with the individual stone washbasins and brass mirrors in the bathrooms. They are complemented by matching shower applications and bathtub fittings. “The special design of the fittings contributes to the airy feeling exuded by the bathrooms. They blend seamlessly into these tactile environments, complementing the selection of high-quality materials that are pleasant to touch and that we have chosen for Paseo Mallorca 15. They also attribute the bathrooms a touch of elegance in keeping with the high design standards of this project”, explain Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver.

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