Casal Balaguer Cultural Centre
- Finalist (Eva Prats) for project in Women in Architecture Awards 2019
- City of Palma Prize "Guillem Sagrera" of Architecture 2017
- Finalist for the Mallorca Architecture Awards 2017 in the Rehabilitation category
- Finalist at FAD National Architecture Award 2016
Casal Balaguer is a palace in the historic centre of Palma, a family house that grew throughout the centuries, beginning in the 1300s, then in the 1500s, and finally, in the 1700s, and presently loses its domestic use to become a public building, a cultural centre for the entire city. Valuing the different eras contained in the building, regarding its physical qualities without distancing ourselves from the historic periods that have shaped it, allows us to act without separating ourselves from the building: if observation is not given to distinguishing between eras, then action should not keep a distance. We act from the building’s interior, with a physical and direct thought, transforming the structure with the decision of giving it a new phase, of prolonging its life. Having sketched the building for a long time allows us to subsequently make decisions in its regard. In that sense, the sketch gives us confidence to work on what we find without physical or temporal distances with respect to history, in a continuum of time that has the effect of the new interventions coming to blend with the rest. The final result is a new generation for the building, with things inherited and new; the work of changing form that takes what exists and draws on the basis of that. It is a geometric metamorphosis, but also one of materials, of the proportions of the empty spaces and the dimensions.
The effort focuses on getting the old palace to express the maximum of its spacial, material and historic qualities; the new function gives us great freedom to design a new building inside the one that precedes it, exploring the qualities of the old construction.
Discovering the unfinished condition of the existing building allows the thought that the actions on it have not come to an end, that it is something that is evolving, imperfect, the result of a sum of phases in which ours is yet another, and not the last.
|Programme:||Rehabilitation of a baroque Palace in Palma de Mallorca as an exhibition and concert centre, plus the organization of workshops for the arts association “Círculo de Bellas Artes”|
|Promoter:||Palma City Council and Caja Madrid Foundation|
|Architects:||Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores (Flores & Prats Archs.) + Ma. José Duch and Xisco Pizá (Duch – Pizá Archs)|
|Archaeological Research:||Arqueotaller, Roser Pérez, Margalida Munar, Magdalena Salas|
|Historic Research:||Ma. Dolores Ladaria|
|Material analysis:||Lend Consulting|
|Collaborators:||Caterina Anastasia, Andrea Tisino, Ankur Jain, Els Van Meerbeek, Juan Antonio Membrive, Javier Lecumberri, Eirene Presmanes, Eugenia Troncoso, Oriol Valls, Mar Garrido, Cristian Zanoni, Carlos Bedoya, Guido Fiszson, Ellen Halupczok, Julia Taubinger, Paula Avila, Nicolás Chara, Eugenia Troncoso, Celia Carroll, Jonny Pugh, Israel Hernando, Hernán Barbalace, Benedikte Mikkelsen, Sergi Madrid, Jorge Casajús|
|Photographs of the model:||Hisao Suzuki|
|Photographs of the building:||Adrià Goula|
|Situation:||3 Unió Street, Palma de Mallorca|
|Budget:||2,056,287 € (Phase 1) + 4,038,036 € (Phase 2)|
|Date of the Project:||1996, first project concerning only the roofs. 2001-2003, project for the complete renovation of the building|
|Date of Construction:||Phase 1: April 2009 – June 2010
Phase 2: March 2011 – March 2013
Phase 3: May 2014 – May 2016