Toni Catany International Photography Centre Mallorca, Llucmajor Building Design, Balearic Islands Property Photos
Toni Catany International Photography Centre Llucmajor
17 December 2021
Architect: Josep Lluís Mateo – mateoarquitectura
Location: Llucmajor, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Photos by Aldo Amoretti unless stated otherwise
Toni Catany International Photography Centre Llucmajor Building
In the old town of Llucmajor (Mallorca), occupying part of the house where the photographer Toni Catany was born, Josep Lluís Mateo – mateoarquitectura built the International Photography Centre, based on the work and the collection of this great artist.
The place, the history, the remains, the scale, the classic typology of houses closed to the outside and open onto courtyards… all of this obviously forms the base for the project.
They are phantoms or realities that accompany us, though we have to control them.
However, we did not forget that our mission here was to build a contemporary museographic centre of reference as a suitable setting for exceptional works.
We conserved remains, rebuilding some, we primitively restored the façades with care… But the space is new, open, flexible, large, available, with very controlled light, sometimes shadowy…
Some singular elements appear: a staircase that takes flight, another that recreates the chromatic world of the artist in question…
Though the protagonist is always the space with an accompanying detail at hand that is both radical and approachable.
This is a building constructed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with its different moments of isolation, distance and digitality.
Though here we had to produce something that was concrete, close, manual, in a distant and sometimes desperately archaic world.
It was not easy.
Josep Lluís Mateo
Toni Catany International Photography Centre – Guided Visit from mateoarquitectura on Vimeo.
Toni Catany International Photography Centre Llucmajor, Mallorca – Building Information
Project name: Toni Catany International Photography Centre In Llucmajor, Mallorca
1st Prize (by unanimity): National Project Competition 2018
Architecture practice: Josep Lluís Mateo – mateoarquitectura
Lead architect: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location (street, commune, town/city, country): Llucmajor (Mallorca)
Client: Government of the Balearic Islands (Department of Culture) and Spanish Ministry of Culture
Design date: 2018-2019
Construction date: November 2019 – September 2021
Built surface area (m2): 1,200 m2
Photographs / Website: Gabriel Ramon (https://gabrielramon.com) / Aldo Amoretti (https://www.aldoamoretti.com)
Video-maker: Dan Barreri (http://danbarreri.com/)
Contractor: Obras y Pavimentos MAN
Technical architect: Biel Garcies
Structures: BAC Engineering Consultancy Group
Installations and sustainability: DEERNS
Bill of quantities: Arrevolt
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