Designer    Case Study 07 Mar 2017

The Puro hotel, Palma de Mallorca, proves a little individuality goes a long way…

Most hotels feature rooms that are exactly the same as one another, but this project shows that a little imaginative individuality can go a long way.

Puro is an iconic 22-room boutique hotel located in the heart of La Lonja, in the historical centre of Palam de Mallorca. Adapting itself to the different existing buildings, the hotel has an irregular configuration, so the refurbishment project by architectural practice OHLAB (Oliver Hanaiz Architecture Lab), takes advantage of that complexity as a potential tool to generate unexpected and unique spaces where each room is different from each other.

The project brings an individual and unique layout to each room, and importantly involved selecting natural and local materials to emphasise the Mediterranean location. Another important focus has been not only to create the bathrooms as spaces for pleasure, but to ensure a sense of space and integration within the bedrooms, with generous, sculptural and freestanding bathtubs placed almost as if they are just as another piece of furniture.

Artist Pedro Oliver worked closely with OHLAB producing a special pictorial work for the project, a series of unique custom made mural paintings strategically placed in each room. Puro is 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, with oak wood, cement sinks and bathroom walls, recovered marestone walls (using the limestone used in traditional Majorcan architecture), natural hemp ropes, stainless steel switches and fittings, ages leather, linen, and cotton. Fabrics were designed by OHLAB and produced on ancient Majorcan looms for upholstery, cushions and plaids, raffia carpets and locally-produced wicker baskets. Solid wooden mandala doors – a hallmark of the hotel since its origins – have been recovered and incorporated into the design.

The majority of the furniture has also been specifically designed by OHLAB for the hotel. Beds, headboards, benches, pure and simple lines are integrated in the room creating a relaxed and lounge atmosphere. Among the furniture designs are a series of aged bronze pieces inspired by the traditional metal carts that bellboys used for carrying luggage, which now act as replacements for the dated cabinets, desks, minibars and other furniture that were formerly in the hotel.

The overall effect is of a building full of creative ideas and about as far from the usual, predictable hotel chain experience as the visitor is likely to find.



Published in Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine