Natural light and local culture define a holiday home in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

The Spanish PMA Studio has designed a minimalist home on a narrow plot in Portixol that cleverly maximises on natural lighting to illuminate the culturally-inspired interiors.

by STIRworld Published on : Aug 26, 2020

In Palma de Mallorca, Spain, PMA Studio has renovated a traditional rowhouse into a timeless holiday home in the charming neighbourhood of Portixol. Currently one of the trendiest and most sought after areas in Mallorca, Portixol is developed around a historic fishing harbour in the city.

The minimalist residence graciously invites natural light inside despite being situated on a slender plot. Natural materials and subtle colours weave through the space to create a bespoke aesthetic.

A passage from the entrance leading to the living area| Portixol House by PMA Studio | STIRworld
A passage from the entrance leading to the living area Image: Pernilla Danielsson

A generous entrance at the front of the property leads further to a sitting area and storage space. Natural light floods into the patio through the entrance door and a large window.

The living room features natural materials and open space flooded with light| Portixol House by PMA Studio | STIRworld
The living room features natural materials and open space flooded with light Image: Pernilla Danielsson

Next to the entrance sits the main bedroom, while the children’s bedroom occupies the narrower region of the floor plan. At this end, a glass door opens out to the living area and a skylight that illuminates the house throughout the day.

A second bedroom is accessed from the living area-kitchen| Portixol House by PMA Studio | STIRworld
A second bedroom is accessed from the living area-kitchen Image: Pernilla Danielsson

The living room finds itself next to the main patio at the end of the plot, the spatial configuration taking advantage of the maximised light. A large sliding door opens the living space outdoors, offering the residents flexible scenarios.

A large sliding door opens into the patio, the black frame reminiscent of the client’s Scandinavian roots| Portixol House by PMA Studio | STIRworld
A large sliding door opens into the patio, the black frame reminiscent of the client’s Scandinavian roots Image: Pernilla Danielsson

Immediately next to the living room, a vestibule grants access to two bathrooms and a metallic custom-designed staircase that leads to the rooftop. The rooftop holds space for a laundry room and an outdoor kitchen. Made with local limestone, an L-shaped bench is built into the north-west side of the terrace.

The vestibule grants access to a metallic staircase and offers a glimpse of the double-sink made of natural stone | Portixol House by PMA Studio | STIRworld
The vestibule grants access to a metallic staircase and offers a glimpse of the double-sink made of natural stone Image: Pernilla Danielsson

“Moving throughout the home, the expansion and contraction of the space defines the distribution and the different degrees of privacy," notes Pablo Madrid, managing director of PMA Studio.

  • Ground floor plan of Portixol | Home by PMA Studio | STIRworld
    Ground floor plan of Portixol | Home Image: Pernilla Danielsson
  • First floor plan of Portixol | Home by PMA Studio | STIRworld
    First floor plan of Portixol | Home Image: Pernilla Danielsson

Minimalist Nordic furniture pieces and regional decor made of straw and natural fabric complement the materials employed in the house. The Mallorca tradition exhibits itself in the limestone flooring, exposed wooden beams and ceramic fixtures like the double-sink in the foyer that is made of natural stone. Black window frames and fixtures were adopted to express the Scandinavian roots of the clients.

  • An L-shaped limestone bench is built into the corner of the terrace | Portixol | Home by PMA Studio | STIRworld
    An L-shaped limestone bench is built into the corner of the terrace Image: Pernilla Danielsson
  • An outdoor kitchen and seating space on the terrace witness leisure activities throughout the day | Portixol | Home by PMA Studio | STIRworld
    An outdoor kitchen and seating space on the terrace witness leisure activities throughout the day Image: Pernilla Danielsson

PMA Studio is a leading architectural practice based in Palma de Mallorca. The office is currently designing a range of residential and commercial projects between Mallorca and Madrid.

Section of the house showcases how skylights allow light to permeate through the roof | Portixol | Home | PMA Studio | STIRworld
Section of the house showcases how skylights allow light to permeate through the roof Image: Pernilla Danielsson

Project Details

Name: Portixol | Home
Designer: PMA Studio
Area: 94 m²
Year: 2020
Project management: PMA Studio
Architect: Pablo Madrid
Technical architect: Maria Antonia Simó
Construction company: Obres i Reformes Norat

(Text by Ankitha Gattupalli, intern at stirworld.com)

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