CAN GATER, the last available plot at Palma´s historic district. An urban void of 940 m2 where originally stood 2 historic listed buildings: Can Gater, dating back to the middle age with a gothic origin and important architecture elements from the XVI and XVII centuries, and the adjacent building from the XIX century at the Espíritu Santo St. The new residential project is a reconstruction of the old original buildings. Completion date, spring 2023.
Due to the historic relevance of the plot, the regulation instructs to literally rebuild the demolished buildings restoring the original elements of the structure. The design process starts with a thoughtful investigation of the missing building: from its origin in the XIV century to what was existing at the moment of the demolition. That investigation together with the analysis of the historical remains leads to the design of the building, the reconstruction of the original shell and core, with all the historic elements: patios, arches, tile floors, carpentry and ironmongery.
The result of the reconstruction is a complex building, chaotic somehow, not completely adequate for today standards. What seems a big problem it is an opportunity to create something unique, making unexpected spaces and elements of surprise: every dwelling is unique since it has to adapt to the existing, generating a balance between the old frame of the historic building and the commitment to modernity and comfort inside the houses. Each of the 16 different houses has its own identity, creating a unique collection.