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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Of sculptural bathrooms and iconic rooms!

Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: José Hevia; courtesy v2com
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OHLAB design creates sculptural bathrooms for iconic 22-room boutique hotel in La Lonja, in the historical centre of Palma, Spain.

Adapting itself to the different existing buildings, the hotel has an irregular configuration. The refurbishment project by OHLAB takes advantage of this complexity as a potential tool to generate unexpected and unique spaces, where each room is different from the other. So, in addition to individualized and unique layouts and solutions, the thematic revolves around the selection of natural and local materials emphasizing the Mediterranean essence.
 
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But the true highlight is the conception of the bathrooms as spaces for pleasure, spacious and integrated with the bedrooms, with generous, sculptural and freestanding bathtubs placed in the bedrooms just as another piece of furniture.
 
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The entire interior envelope can be defined as an urban oasis, cosmopolitan and contemporary but with local roots that make it unique. A simple palette of natural materials is a constant throughout the project: oak wood, cement sinks and bathroom walls, recovered mares-stone walls – the traditional limestone used in traditional Majorcan architecture, natural hemp ropes, stainless steel switches and fittings, aged leather, linen, cotton, fabrics designed by OHLAB and produced on ancient Majorcan looms for upholstery, cushions and plaids; raffia carpets and wicker baskets produced locally, etc. Augmenting the set up are the recovered solid wooden Mandala doors, hallmark of the hotel since its origins.

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Simple lines define the custom-designed furniture creating a relaxed and lounge atmosphere. Particularly noteworthy is a series of aged bronze pieces inspired on traditional metal carts that bellboys use for carrying the luggage, which replace the old cabinets, desks, mini-bars and support furniture. The new maxi bar cart, included within this series, includes the more lucid items of the room and works like a fragment of a real bar with all the tools required to perform the best cocktails inside the room.
 
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Keeping up with the minimalist palette, artist Pedro Oliver works his magic on a series of unique custom-made mural paintings for each of the rooms, adding just the needed flourish! 

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Fact File:
Client: Puro Hotel
Architecture and Interior Design: OHLAB / Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver
OHLAB team: Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver with Rebeca Lavín, José Allona, Amaia Barazar, Rosa Fuentes, Silvia Morais, Manuela Sánchez
Project Management: Paloma Hernaiz, Jaime Oliver (architects), Jorge Ramón (quantity surveyor)
Art: Pedro Oliver

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