Palma de Mallorca

In the heart of the city of Palma, at 15 Passeig de Mallorca, the massing of this residential development addresses the environment. Surrounded by buildings varying in height and typology, it uses visual continuity and local materials to insert itself respectfully.

The façade, consisting of sliding panels made of wooden slats, acts as a solar filter to create stunning effects of changing light and shade on the homes, making the most of the sun, efficiently and all year round. The projects has been designed in accordance with Passivhaus standards to achieve maximum energy efficiency and a heating/air-conditioning demand of only 15kWh/(m2y). This means a reduction of almost 90% in terms of air heating and cooling requirements in comparison with a conventional building, resulting in extremely low energy costs for the owner and for the planet. This construction method falls within the nZEB (nearly zero energy building) standard for consumption.

On entering the building, you are greeted by a green wall of Spanish cane (Arundo Donax), typical of Mediterranean riverbeds, in a nod to the Riera of Paseo Mallorca opposite the building. The green wall leads you out onto the inner courtyard, where you are met by a cool oasis of vegetation and calm.

The inner courtyard, with its different levels, acts as an inner lung of vegetation and trees that continues upward until it reaches the landscaped terraces with pools on the fourth, sixth and eighth floors of the building.

The courtyard garden features a gentle waterfall that cascades to the floor below, cooling the courtyard in the summer through evapotranspiration and creating a relaxing sound. This courtyard also connects with below, providing lighting and vegetation to the basement which houses the residents’ pool, gym and spa, transforming it into a unifying vertical axis that links the building’s vegetation and allows cross-ventilation through the garden for all the homes.

The residents’ spa area, with walls and floors finished in natural stone, includes a heated indoor pool, steam bath and changing rooms. Next to the pool is the gym, with large windows overlooking the courtyard garden.

The outside of the building is defined by two types of facades. A permeable skin made of wooden slats filters the sun and plays with the light and shade in the day areas of the homes. Another, more solid, stone façade protects the bedrooms.

The first type of cladding is on the side overlooking Paseo Mallorca, which is the sunniest part, with the best views, and where the day areas of the homes are located. This area has a double façade with large windows for residents to take advantage of the views, enjoy the numerous deciduous trees and the winder sun. This façade is protected by a second sensitive skin consisting of moving panels of wooden slats that block out the sun in the summer, make the most of the sun in the winter and mark the transition between the home and its surroundings. It is an organic, permeable and changing layer, an exterior reflection of its interior, a solar filter to modulate light and shade, optimized through solar studies, which adapts to the different climate needs and draws upon the tradition of Majorcan pergolas and shutters. Combined with cross-ventilation and a heat recovery system, it is key to ensuring maximum energy efficiency.

The second type of cladding, meanwhile, is found on the perimeter areas, facing the quieter streets, where the sleeping areas of the homes are situated. This is a solid façade that provides the necessary protection and defines the area containing the private areas. Different textures and rhythms imposed will find, in their own diversity, the unity of the whole. A material balance between negatives and positives, creating a landscape of casings with changing textures.

The selection of natural and local materials, highlighting the essence of the Mediterranean, has been very important. A simple palette of fine materials, such as solid doors made of local stone or pieces of aged bronze characterize the interiors of the homes at Paseo Mallorca 15. Finishes have been carefully selected for their quality, taking every detail, texture and smell into account.

The penthouses at Paseo Mallorca 15, on different levels, are true urban havens above the city, with landscaped terraces and private mini-pools from where residents can admire the panoramic views of Palma rooftops and the three-lined walk along Riera.

Status: Finalized

Client: RAMIS Promociones
Architecture and Interior Design: OHLAB / oliver hernaiz architecture lab
OHLAB team: Paloma Hernaiz, Jaime Oliver, Rebeca Lavín, Robin Harloff, Loreto Angulo, Pedro Rodríguez, Silvia Morais, Mercé Solar, M. Bruna Pisciotta, Tomislav Konjevod, José Allona, Claudio Tagarelli, Eleni Oikonomaki, Agustín Verdejo y Luis Quiles
Building engineer: Bartolomeu Tous
Structural Engineering consultant: HIMA Estructuras
Wooden facade: GRUPO GUBIA
Engineering consultants: AMM Technical group
Energy efficiency advisor: José Manuel Busquets, Anne Vogt
Landscape: Jonathan Bell

Photos: José Hevia


Winners: Premios AMAD (Wood in Architecture)
Winners: Premis Ciutat de Palma “Guillem Sagrera” de Arquitectura (City of Palma Awards)
Longlisted: XIV BEAU (Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo)
Longlisted: Premios CSCAE 2023
Longlisted: IX Premios ENOR Arquitectura
Finalist: Premios Room Diseño
Winners INSIDE awards 2022: Residential Project category
Winners WAF awards 2022: Best use of certified timber
Winner: Frame Awards / December 2022
Shortlisted for WAF awards 2022: Housing Category
Longlisted for Dezeen awards 2022: Sustainability Category


Monocle July-August 2022. Número #155
Arquitectura y Diseño. Septiembre-Octubre 2022
Magazine La Vanguardia 11/09/2022
Architectural Record. Octubre 2022
Revista Diseño Interio.  Diciembre 2022
NAN Arquitectura. Febrero 2023
Interior Design. May 2023
Proarquitectura. May 2023
CIC Arquitectura y sostenibilidad. June 2023
On Diseño. June 2023
Arquitectura Viva. Monography Spain 2024
International Panorama Book: January 2024
Metropolis. Spring Issue: May 2024
PEFC Yearbook 2023
Hinge Hong Kong. August 2023 Issue

Monocle 15/07/2022
Architectural Record 04/10/2022
La Vanguardia 11/09/2022
Arquitectura y Diseño 01/10/2022
AD España 24/10/2022
Desing-Boom 28/10/2022
AD Italia 01/11/2022
Frame 09/11/2022
AD France 11/11/2022
Archilovers 16/11/2022
Afasia 22/11/2022
Metalocus 22/11/2022
Arch Daily 23/11/2022
Arquitectura Viva 26/11/2022
El-Pais 29/11/2022
Dezeen 01/12/2022
Revista Diseño Interior 15/12/2022
Goood 21/12/2022
Elle Decor 22/12/2022
The Spaces 22/12/2022
Frame 03/01/2023
Arcfly 25/01/2023
NaN Arquitectura 01/02/2023
Room Diseño 07/02/2023
Amazing Architecture 05/05/2023
Interior Design 25/06/2023
On Diseño 27/06/2023
Azure 10/07/2023
Archiposition 22/08/2023
Detail 20/11/2023
Expansion  Fuera de Serie 13/12/2023
Arquitectura y Empresa  01/23/2024
The Cool Down  01/31/2024
Architizer 02/02/2024
Metropolis 03/01/2024
Tectonica 03/03/2024
Archello 02/04/2024

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