The project, conceived according to PassivHaus standards, includes ten apartments with many green areas, a spa and a gym
A peaceful oasis infused with a contemporary atmosphere but with deep roots in local tradition, the Paseo Mallorca 15 residential complex is located in the heart of Palma de Mallorca. Energy efficiency and integration into the urban setting are key to the project, the work of OHLAB (Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab). The newly constructed development overlooks a tree-lined avenue along the Riera River, which crosses the city – a sunny location that fully reflects the joyful spirit of the Balearic Islands. The complex, designed to PassivHaus standards, occupies a site bordered by Paseo Mallorca and two minor roads, and has ten residential units. Consuming a paltry 15kWh/(m2y) for air conditioning – 90% less than what similar buildings usually require – the project can be classified as NZEB (nearly zero-energy building).
Organic and permeable, the main façade has sliding panels made of pine strips that screen the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living areas, creating an interplay of light and shade. The side façades, where the bedrooms are located, are clad with fiber-reinforced concrete sheets, with a vertical pattern. These contrasting materials are also reflected at the volumetric level, with the block facing the boulevard comprising eight aboveground floors, while the side ones have six and four floors. The levels at the base of the development have various common spaces for residents, such as the lobby at street level, and a spa, with a swimming pool and Turkish bath, in the basement. Next to it is the gym with large windows that overlook an internal garden. A further two underground floors are used for parking.
A green bamboo wall at the entrance to the building heralds the lush greenery of the internal garden, where there’s also a small waterfall that has a cooling function in the warmer months and produces a relaxing background sound. The garden performs the function of a green lung and contributes to providing the apartments with adequate natural ventilation. Luxuriant plants are also on the private terraces on the upper floors, including the attic apartments. Located on the roof of the fourth, sixth, and eighth floors, these apartments have been conceived as a slice of paradise, with panoramic views and a small private swimming pool.
Spacious and bright, the interiors have a palette of materials linked to the local area. Wood finishes dominate for the floors and furnishings, while the doors are solid French walnut. These combine with a lime-based plaster used for the walls and ceilings, bronze details, and natural stone, which is found in the kitchens and sinks of the apartments, and is used throughout the spa.
Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Client & Contractor: Ramis Promociones
Architecture & Interior Design: OHLAB | oliver hernaiz architecture lab
Building engineer: Bartolomeu Tous
Structures: HIMA Estructuras
Engineering Consultants: AMM Technical group
Energy Efficiency Advisor: José Manuel Busquets, Anne Vogt
Landscape: Jonathan Bell
Wooden façade: Grupo GUBIA
Glass reinforced concrete façade: PREHORQUISA
Photography by José Hevia, courtesy of OHLAB