December 01, 2016
Many people associate Mediterranean style with a twee mix of terracotta tiles and an aqua blue colour scheme. The refurbishment of the Puro Hotel in Palma de Mallorca by architectural practice OHLAB shows how refreshingly slick a contemporary Mediterranean design scheme could be.
The Puro is a boutique hotel in the heart of Palma de Mallorca with 51 rooms, all of which have different configurations. The brief is to provide a unifying scheme which combines the historic charms of the building (an 18th century palace) with sleek modern design.
The architects distilled the essence of Mediterranean style by combining local materials such as oak, limestone, hemp rope and raffia carpets with custom-made items including fabrics made using traditional looms and metal carts with a sleek, almost industrial look. The bathrooms, especially the sculptural free-standing bathtubs, are designed as an integrated part of the rooms and share the same pared-back design.
Overall, the rooms ooze contemporary cool without feeling cold, thanks to the warm colour palette and layers of textures. This is a cleverly re-imagined Mediterranean design scheme, with not a terracotta tile in sight.
The Puro Hotel, designed by OHLAB, is a winner of the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors award 2016 in the hotel category.
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