An Alternative Retreat Space in Menorca, Spain

Dee Yonker

The captivating operate of Menorcan architect Emma Martí persuaded Anna Truyol to design together this new area, influenced by the new company values and Anna’s personal encounter as a creator of one of a kind universes and team coach. The alternative of the developing was also important: the first girls’ university in Sant Lluís, a smaller village in the southeast of the island. It was a outlined setting up, created in 1900, but totally deserted.

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Anna Truyol and Emma Martí’s objective was a minimum, non-invasive intervention that would preserve the record, activities, and soul of the room. In a single example, the marés (neighborhood stone) partitions, entire of imperfections, have been still left in their authentic condition and painted white to preserve the texture of the wall. “In this way, they go on to have existence,” they describe.

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To reach diaphanous spaces, defined by the character of their resources and primarily by their volumes, all the features that have been not typical of the initial creating ended up eradicated. This to start with intervention resulted in two open up spaces, distributed about two flooring, incredibly spacious and shiny, letting the introduction of the vital components for the new use. The reason of the intervention was to acquire warm, welcoming operate areas that invite sharing and motivate creativity and open up-mindedness. The to start with ground was intended as a living space and kitchen with accessibility to an outside patio.

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The interior features customized-designed kitchen area furniture in lacquered wooden and a mix of tables of unique formats, created by Artchimboldi, which together make an comprehensive surface for meals, meetings and perform locations. A 4×4 meter slate, created by the job professionals and tailor made-produced, is a nod to the building’s earlier and is a attribute feature of Artchimboldi, an unpredicted piece that awakens illusion, participation, and creativity. An antique bookcase welcomes you within, and a sitting down spot with poufs enables you to create a cozy area for relaxation and looking through. At the time outside the house, the patio has a swimming pool intended by Emma Martí and protected with off-white microcement.

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All installations are concentrated in the kitchen area and bogs spot, from the first flooring to the roof ground. The appearance of the reinforcements in the first ground ceiling with Fink beams was a determination taken throughout the building get the job done, the moment the partition partitions had been eradicated.
The ceilings have been managed, resulting in areas up to 6 meters significant, with wood beams and slats and quarter-timber beams. This top is emphasized by the intervention of quite a few objects: a substantial ceiling lamp or the chimney flue pipe that rises to 4 meters. On the first flooring, a polished concrete floor was selected, which did not search for a ideal end.

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The higher flooring is developed as a rest area. At the beginning of the undertaking, quite a few rooms with rest room sink were being planned, but it was even now a common intervention. Centered on Artchimboldi’s artistic philosophy, 8 sleeping cubes created of Flanders pine, two doubles and six singles, dressed with natural cotton and wool futons, linen sheets and curtains. A ladder permits accessibility to the roof of the cubes, wherever it is also probable to rest.

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A place below the bed makes it possible for storing suitcases, footwear and personal possessions. This storage space, with each other with a custom-produced bookshelf created by Anna Truyol, simplifies and can make the use of the furniture far more adaptable. On the next flooring, the distinct present flooring that outline the diverse rooms of the unique setting up were being preserved.

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The roof was completely rehabilitated, waterproofing it, insulating it thermally and generating gentle inputs to the second flooring. On the one particular hand, the undertaking is primarily based on recovering and maximizing the unique character of the creating (protecting the textures of enclosures, floors, ceilings, façade holes, carpentry… specially the blue glass of one particular of the rose home windows) and on the other hand, on making a entirely differentiated intervention, working with pine wood as the new texture of the undertaking.

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