Can Bordoy Grand House and Garden is a small 24 room hotel with a magnificent garden, swimming pool, spa and panoramic terrace, located in the historic center of Palma de Mallorca designed by OHLAB (listed in our “best architecture firms in Spain“).
Can Bordoy Grand House and Garden is a complete renovation of a 2,500 m2 abandoned building that had been heavily intervened throughout it’s more than 500 years of history. The project won 21 international awards in its first year, amongst which the Hotel Category at INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2019.
One of the most distinctive elements of the property is its garden, not only because of its size but because of the biodiversity and antiquity of the existing vegetation. One of the project’s most important interventions has been opening the doors of the garden until now unknown by the vast majority, to the city and giving it visibility from the entrance courtyard and from the street.
The proposed program is intended to evoke the experience of visiting a house more than a hotel. Therefore, rather than being at a hotel reception, the clients meet at the entrance hall of the house, instead of a restaurant we find a residential dining room, the rooms and living rooms are like those you would find in an old house, etc.
The project carefully preserves the romantic and decadent atmosphere found in the building and is deliberately contrasted with interventions and elements from different epochs. It is a respectful intervention with the existing centenary architectural crossbreeding, maintaining the traces of the past and avoiding a false recovery of a glorious past that the house has never had.
Inspired by the traditional Japanese technique of Kintsugi – the art of repairing broken antique porcelain with a precious material, such as gold dust, and thus obtaining a repaired piece that does not hide the fracture and whose result is a piece that may have even more value than the ceramic before breaking- the project doesn´t pretend to hide the heterodox eclecticism of the existing building, but instead conciliate and celebrate the different layers of history and clearly highlight the new interventions that have been necessary to give the house its new use.
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. Large velvet curtains disguise the new bathrooms in the rooms creating a scenography where the bathroom happens to be the new set; instead of hiding this new element its use is celebrated. Mirror walls sometimes hide sanitary elements such as toilets and showers, reflecting the space these elements have stolen and, at the same time, emphasizing the contemporaneity of these new uses…
On the ground floor, a green corridor of vegetation invades the dining rooms connecting the garden with the courtyard and the street. In the main staircase, the skylight is flooded with water becoming a small pool with a transparent bottom that creates a play of light through the water, flooding the staircase with caustic reflections…
The furniture is a very important part of the project. The eclecticism of the architecture is reflected in the selection of furniture with pieces from very different eras and origins. In Can Bordoy we can find old pieces that OHLAB together with the owner Mikael Hall have been compiling for this project during more than two years. European antiques from Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Istanbul, are combined with pieces from different antique shops in Mallorca, handcrafted pieces of the island such as the Gordiola lamps, elements found in the existing house, as well as some pieces of the new owner’s private collection. These antiques coexist with contemporary furniture from the likes of GTV Thonet, Baxter, Moroso, Artemide, Norr, Santa & Cole, and Flos, carefully selected and with bespoke furniture designed by OHLAB specifically for Can Bordoy.
Among the bespoke furniture designed by OHLAB, a collection of beds and bars for all rooms stand out.
The bed, with its bedside tables and headboards, finished in walnut and velvet and equipped with bespoke aged brass lamps and brass pushbuttons, form a delicate and intimate space that contrasts with the rough and unfinished texture of the existing walls and ceilings. The bar, present in all rooms in different models, is another delicate element of comfort that integrates a minibar, fridge, storage for snacks, extendable desk, lighting and a built-in Audio Pro sound system with a very easy to use custom-designed aged brass button station.
Can Bordoy Grand House and Garden by OHLAB
Client: Mikael Hall
Architecture and Interior Design: OHLAB / Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver
OHLAB team: Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver with Rebeca Lavín, Silvia Morais, Laura Colomer, Amaia Barazar, Manuela Sánchez, Lara Ortega, Eusebiu Spac, Tomislav Konjevod, Eleni Oikonomaki, Katerina Kotsampasi, Nikola Kozhuharov, Stela Dineva, Rosa Fuentes, Joana Aguilera, Amalia Stavropoulou.
Project Management and Site Supervision: OHLAB (architects), Jorge Ramón (quantity surveyor), Luis Rivas (quantity surveyor). Assistant team: Isabel Sánchez, Jaume Miralles.
Structure engineer: Hima Estructuras
MEP Engineering: Ingenio Consultores
Landscape: Salva Cañís (master gardener), OHLAB (landscape masterplan)
Acoustical: Tafor Consulting
Archaeologist: Elvira González
Commissioned Art work: Pedro Oliver
Graphic Design: Studio Roses
Photos: José Hevia
MEP: Centro de Montajes, Nord Arbona, Balinseg, Elipsys
Carpenters: Alumader, BM mobiliario, Fustería Galmes, Creacuina, Carpintería Borras Decorative painting: Black & White
Blacksmith: Rosendo Ramón, Alfernox
Glassworks: Cristalería Bellver
Textiles: Don Telas
Kitchen: Electrolux / Metalúrgica Estanis
Gardening: Jardins de Tramuntana
Stretched ceiling: GS techos tensados