LocationPalma de Mallorca, Spain
Architect in ChargeMiguel Angel Borrás, Elodie Grammont
Project Area154 sqm
Text description provided by the architects. CAN FOGARADA is an exercise of dialog between the layers of time that have been settling throughout 300 years and that have managed to form this Rural Mallorquin House. The presence of new inhabitants its announced through a technical carpet that reorganizes the space and reinterprets his materiality without hurting it.
In this first stage of the Works at the ground floor of Can Fogarada, the kitchen – dining room acts as a life engine, starting point of the architecture process of Re-Inhabiting this rural house.
The Kitchen – dining room as a control room is opened to the other rooms in the house (hall, bedrooms, living room and porch) and establishes a level of use simplifying the original slopes with a uniform technical ground. This Technical floor acts with the flexibility of a carpet, ranging freely between the original rooms establishing new paths, such as linking the kitchen – dining room with the bath – laundry through a “balcony” to the living room.
The fact that the future inhabitants were going to be a family of musicians eventually defined the pattern of dialogue; each new material should express their values in harmony with the rest. This alteration is a game of rhythms, vibrations where the sincere materiality of each system discovers and assumes his position in the set.
Thus the original building warmth transmitted by the walls of Mares (local sandstone), the facades of stone with mud and the pine beams enter in symphony with the OSB panel wardrobes, the kitchen roasted ash with the black silestone stove top, with the multi-layer board racks, the continuous concrete floor and its concrete blocks curb and the draining mortar sills that allow the wall breathe while preventing their deterioration by weathering.
As a Jam Session every new musician enriches the whole through their individuality and adapting to the rhythm of those who opened the session, but that’s just the beginning.