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Can Bordoy is a small hotel located in the centre of Palma de Mallorca. OHLAB did a complete renovation of an abandoned building that has been intervened throughout its more than 500 years of history.
OHLAB is an award-winning company devoted to the urban analysis and cultural research of contemporary society through design, architectural practise and urban strategy. The company has been awarded the Interior Design firm of 2019 by Architecture Masterprize, selected as one of the best 6 emerging interior design studios of 2018 by Dezeen and has been previously described by the Chicago Atheneum as one of Europe’s most important emerging architects.
The renovation of Can Bordoy was made in order to evoke the experience of visiting a house more than a hotel. Hence, rather than being at the hotel reception, visitors meet at the entrance hall of the house, and instead of a restaurant, there is a residential dining room, bedrooms and living rooms are the same as the ones one finds in a home.
Inspired by Kintsugi – the traditional Japanese technique of repairing broken antique porcelain with gold dust that does not hide the fracture – the project carefully preserves the romantic and decadent atmosphere found in the building and is deliberately contrasted with interventions and elements from different epochs. The proposal respects the existing centenary architectural crossbreeding, maintaining the traces of the past and avoiding a false recovery of a glorious past that the house never had.
A series of architectural strategies were designed and developed throughout the building as a collection of theatrical and distinctive contemporary interventions in dialogue with the existing building.
The eclecticism of the architecture is reflected in the furniture with pieces from very different eras and origins that coexist with contemporary furniture as a collection of beds and bars designed by OHLAB specifically for Can Bordoy.
To find out more about OHLAB check their website here.