Mallorca's Abandoned Buildings

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Gesa Building. Image © Lluís Bort

A building stands out along the maritime walkway in Palma, Mallorca's capital. Designed by José Ferragut Pou and completed in 1960, the building was a poster child for the modern architectural movement sweeping the globe at that time. Today, like many of its brethren, it stands in abandoned  disrepair. 

Lluís Bort is the Spanish architect and photographer behind "Empty Architecture," a photographic compilation of abandoned buildings from throughout the island of Mallorca, Spain.

Lluís Bort writes:

While many of these buildings were designed and built to fulfill a wide range of purposes, over time, they fell into obsolescence and disrepair; however, this doesn't mean that they serve no purpose. With some dedicated rehabilitation, they could be revived and bring new life to their surrounding communities. 

The city's governing body could take on these revitalization project with the help of  FEDER funds, an organization that provides financial support for structural development throughout Europe. Working under a Plan Director, strategies could be made to revitalize the spaces within every building.  

Returning to Bort's photographic compilation, the work features a variety of building types, including an abandoned hospital,  a Mallorcan textile factory that bolstered the island's economy during the Spanish civil war after Franco's troops bombed the industrial center of Barcelona, and one of the largest wine vaults on the island that closed down in the 90s after 4 expansions. 

The aim of this project is to highlight these buildings and their significance, not only in Mallorca's history but their place in the island's present and future. After all, many of these buildings stand in prime locations ripe for revitalization within the island's cultural and economic scene. 

Bort started this project in 2019 and since then, many of the building featured have started undergoing revitalization projects, allowing them to retake their place in the island's cultural and architectural register. 

 Es Fogueró Palace Night Club [1989-1992] (Alcúdia)

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Es Fogueró Discotheque. Image © Lluís Bort

 Bon Sosec Cemetery [1993] (Marratxí)

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Bon Sosec Cemetery. Image © Lluís Bort

Bodega Es Sindicat [1921-1993] (Felanitx) 

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Bodega Es Sindicat. Image © Lluís Bort

Son Dureta Hospital [1953-2011] (Palma) 

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Hospital Son Dureta. Image © Lluís Bort

Cantera Sa Garrigueta Rassa [1955-2004] (Establiments) 

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Cantera Sa Garrigueta Rassa. Image © Lluís Bort

Central Térmica de Alcanada [1957-1992] (Alcúdia)

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Central Térmica de Alcanada. Image © Lluís Bort

 Lluís Sitjar Football Stadium [1945-1999] (Palma) 

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Luis Sitjar Football Stadium. Image © Lluís Bort

Velódromo de Tirador [1903-1973] (Palma) 

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Velódromo de Tirador. Image © Lluís Bort

Old Penitentiary [1950-1999] (Palma) 

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Old Penitentiary. Image © Lluís Bort

Son Busquets Barracks [1949-2000] (Palma) 

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Son Simonet Barracks. Image © Lluís Bort

Sa Fàbrica Nova Textile Factory [1890-1971] (Sóller) 

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Sa Fràbrica Nova Textile Factory. Image © Lluís Bort

 Son Simonet Military Barracks [1945-1991] (Palma) 

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Son Busquets Military Barracks. Image © Lluís Bort

Fuster Distilleries [1900-1985] (Santa Margalida)

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Fuster Distilleries. Image © Lluís Bort

Dhraa Nite City Night Club [1986-1993] (Porto Cristo) 

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Dhraa Nite City Night Club. Image © Lluís Bort

About this author
Cite: Dejtiar, Fabian. "Mallorca's Abandoned Buildings" [Arquitecturas vacías en la isla de Mallorca] 31 Aug 2021. ArchDaily. (Trans. Johnson, Maggie) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

Gesa Building [1975-2008] (Palma). Image © Lluís Bort


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