Ca na Joaneta/

Different Design

TORO Arquitectura


Project Details



Palma de Mallorca / Spain



Year (Design/Construction):

2019 / 2021

Area (Net/Gross):

- / 60 m2
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • Use of sandstones from the original building for the reconstruction project, serving as the structure of the new building.
  • Use of wood for the interior stairs and mezzanine structure.

Project description as provided by the Architects.

Ca na Joaneta is an off‐grid retreat situated in a land of 5.500 m2 land, halfway from the towns of Ariany and Maria de la Salut. It is located in an area between dry stone walls that generate the iconic landscape of “Pla de Mallorca”.

The reconstruction of the isolated single‐family house on rustic soil maintains the same proportions and essence of the traditional construction. In order to shape this sustainable holiday home, only sandstones from the original structure and vernacular materials have been used.

The building sits over the original masonry walls’ footprint. This pre‐existence in the territory has conditioned the distribution of the functional program and the adjacent free spaces, leaving the rest in its natural state, unchanged. 

Inside, there is an expansive open‐plan living space that allows the whole family to stay away from the bustle of the city, flexible and open to people’s interpretation of intimacy. Taking advantage of the height of the remaining structure, the wooden mezzanine hosts private spaces on the second level.

The outer area creates a new open room, a space between the stone shelter and the green nature. Its orientation to the south provides pleasant conditions for both winter and summer days.

Architects: Pedro Villar Llull (Diferent Design), Tomás Rosselló Barros (TORO Arquitectura)

Photography: Lluís Bort Cerezo

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