SAOTA has completed its first built project in Mallorca, Spain. The Bora Headquarters is a relaxed resort-style home and work environment that reflects a contemporary take on Mallorca's architecture. The client's vision for Bora Headquarters was inspired by the airy light-filled spaces of SAOTA's Cape Town projects that they had previously visited.
The linear arrangement of the building is interspersed with green pause spaces on both levels. The three bedrooms on the upper level are separated with lush courtyards all tied together by the steel holding edge beams. The building is a fusion of a contemporary approach with regional influences. The traditional curved tiled roofs in the area inspired the exterior upper eaves and internal gallery where the forms are re-interpreted as a series of stone vaults.
There is a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors. The pergolas and tree canopies control the sunlight and create a gentle dappled interior feel. On the upper level, bedrooms open into a light filled gallery with the signature barrel vaulted ceilings, echoed from the exterior.
The building reflects a passive design approach with deep overhangs, sliding shutters, screens and recessed doors and windows with natural light and ventilation flooding the interior spaces. The interiors, by ARRCC and Revuelta y Stahn (RyS) Architects, are neutral and understated with accents of textured and hand-crafted pieces.
Photography: Adam Letch