Acclaimed for his minimalism, this beautiful abode is no different. The home has been built around a central courtyard, with the surrounding exterior wall featuring a dramatic cut-out that inserts both light and shadows into the design.
The use of cut-outs is a constant theme that runs throughout the property, which provides the interior spaces with dramatic lighting. Interested in your own Malloracan getaway? Get carefully curated content filled with inspiring homes from around the world, innovative new products, and the best in modern design.
See a sample. Go ahead and block out your calendar—you'll want to extend your stay in this rosy-hued holiday rental. To obtain a rosy hue, pigments from the local red soil were mixed with plaster. The cut-out also leads to the surrounding grounds. There are two wraparound terraces dotted with quiet spots for lounging in the shade. From the rooftop terrace, there are stunning views of both the ocean and the mountains. What I had not really realized to begin with was that it makes me immensely happy to see how many of our guests appreciate staying in this house as something absolutely wonderful and unique.
It is wonderful sharing this house with others. And naturally it makes it easier to bear the costs for maintenance. Back then Pawson and Silvestrin were at the very beginning of their careers.
Did you doubt whether they were the right people? Initially, people made fun of us to put it mildly. As I said, the concept of minimalism did not exist at the time so people would ask things like: When are the furnishings going to be delivered? And the architect on Mallorca also had problems with the austere architecture. You and your husband are art collectors, but there is no art to be seen in the house. Is that because the villa is primarily rented out as a holiday home?
The architecture simply does not need it. The furnishings are reduced in order to focus attention on the building itself. I really love this minimalist architecture — possibly because my father was an abstract painter. This minimalism gives me the feeling of being at home. The house generates enormous freedom for the mind to roam, and simultaneously alters according to the changing light and changes in the weather.
Depending on the position of the sun over the course of the day and through the seasons wonderful plays of light and shadow are produced that continue to fascinate me every time. In the summer there is a special magic about the morning with its very clear light — but the evening is special too, when the light becomes hazy after a long hot day.
It is wonderful to see the sun go down on the roof. But perhaps the most special moment is when in July the full moon can be seen over the pool, round and enormous. That is really amazing. Almost like for a ceremony: path to the house. Special: My Modern Holidays Fulfilling emptiness When in the two art collectors Caroline and Hans Neuendorf were looking for an architect to build them a holiday home on Mallorca, they happened to meet a young unknown architect from England: John Pawson.
He did not design a house for their plot but a large castle as red as the surrounding soil — a castle that can be rented today. Have you also spent longer periods in the house yourselves? Pool in front of the fortress-like home. Is there a spot in the house or an aspect about it you particularly love?