MVRDV and GRAs complete phase one of gomila project

MVRDV and GRAs complete phase one of gomila project

MVRDV and GRAS Reynés Arquitectos completed construction of the first five of the seven buildings that make up Project Gomila in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Together, these lively structures aim to transform the area around Plaza Gomila in the El Terreno district, highlighting their individual character with different colours, materials and roof lines. Adding a total of 60 new residences of different sizes and types, as well as new commercial areas, the Gomila Project is already taking firm steps towards revitalizing the region as a lively, green and sustainable residential area.


Project Gomila top view | image © Jannes Linders

colorful mix of residential and commercial spaces

Nestled around Plaza Gomila, close to the city harbor, El Terreno is a historic neighborhood in Palma known for its nightlife, with famous performances by musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles and Tom Jones in the 60s and 70s. bohemian nightclubs After a long period of neglect and decline, the Fluxà Family, owners of Mallorca-based Camper shoe brand, purchased a series of neighboring plots of land around the Plaza, initiating a renovation plan that reflects Camper’s philosophy of combining heritage with innovation and creativity.

Five buildings completed by MVRDV in phase one (see more Here) and GRAS (Here) includes the Gomila Center, which forms the heart of the neighborhood. A refurbishment of a 1979 design by architect Pere Nicolau, this white building features a restaurant, office spaces on the ground floor, and a large patio with apartments rising in the form of stepped terraces and balconies around this central feature. Next to the Gomila Center are red townhouses, known as Las Casitas, lined with a landscape of roof terraces that allow neighboring residents to socialize.

MVRDV + GRAS brings the Mallorca neighborhood to life with its vibrant collection of building designs
Located next to Las Casitas townhouses, Gomila Center | image © Daria Scagliola

Located on a prominent street corner on the other side of the Gomila Center, Las Fabri-Casas is a series of row houses with sawtooth roofs complete with blue ceramic facades. Behind this is a low-carbon apartment building built from compacted earth blocks and a communal rooftop swimming pool overlooking nearby Bellver Castle. Finally, across the street at Plaza Gomila is the green La Plaza building, a renovated building that houses the revitalization of the historic bar Bellver, offices and a communal roof with views of the bay and cathedral.

MVRDV + GRAS brings the Mallorca neighborhood to life with its vibrant collection of building designs
Las Casitas townhouses penthouse | image © Daria Scagliola

Project Gomila buildings are energy neutral using many of the principles developed for the Passivhaus standard, including high thermal efficiency and passive climate control measures such as louvers and cross ventilation to reduce energy needs. Mallorca’s many sundials feature solar panels on the roofs, while heat recovery systems further reduce the buildings’ energy consumption. Most of the materials were sourced locally, reducing the carbon produced by the construction.

In terms of urbanism, the concept revolves around the diversity of buildings.,’ MVRDV adds co-founder Winy Maas. ‘Where some designs are more suitable for family homes, others are more suitable for apartments for singles or couples; where some buildings are purely residential, others add commercial functions to the mix. This diversity of people and places will help restore El Terreno’s lost vitality..’

MVRDV + GRAS brings the Mallorca neighborhood to life with its vibrant collection of building designs
interior of red townhouses | image © Daria Scagliola

‘The Gomila Project is enabling a new centrality in Palma, a new meeting and reference point for all citizens, not just for the people in the neighborhood’ Adds Guillermo Reynés, founder of GRAS Reynés Arquitectos. ‘

According to MVRDV and GRAS, the project was very well received by the local community and brought back Palmesanos’ good memories of the area. The next phases of the project will add two more buildings to the community: the yellow Casa Virginia and a small villa next to the Gomila Center, both refurbishment of existing neighborhood buildings.

MVRDV + GRAS brings the Mallorca neighborhood to life with its vibrant collection of building designs
interior of red townhouses | image © Daria Scagliola

MVRDV + GRAS brings the Mallorca neighborhood to life with its vibrant collection of building designs
Las Fabri-Casas, a series of row houses with blue ceramic façades | image © Daria Scagliola

MVRDV + GRAS brings the Mallorca neighborhood to life with its vibrant collection of building designs
Las Fabri-Casas has a saw-toothed roof | image © Jannes Linders

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