Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Calm Retreat

Built in 1700 in Algaida, in the heart of Majorca, this country building was an inn, a warehouse and an oil mill before being abandoned completely. But when architect Durval Dias Junior discovered it, he was fascinated by its possibilities despite its ruinous state, deciding to make it his country retreat. Determined to respect his new home's origins, Durval sourced the sandstone for the walls and window arches locally, and re-used materials from other parts of the house when possible, such as making interior doors from old wooden beams. When it came to the decor, Durval wanted it to be in keeping with the elegantly austere architecture, reflecting the airy and simple style of the traditional village houses. Now it's a calm retreat from the heat and bustle of the city, a home that's conducive to serene reflection. More here on Nuevo Estilo.

1 comment :

Felicia Shelton said...

Simply splendid. How I wish that I could live in something that beautiful and calm all year round.

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