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A secret garden in the middle of Palma

There’s a rare sensation in being invisible around action. Like a child falling asleep to the soothing chatter of the parents’ dinner party. Being there, but at the same time, not.

   Impremta Garden is just that. A unique urban residence with thought-through interiors and state of the art architecture, in a cosmopolitan class of its own, right in the very center of Palma. No neon signs. Instead, a sophisticated oasis, filled with timeless style, wrapped in centuries of Balearic history – and no one needs to know.

It’s a residential hideaway. Somewhere that you get to re-charge and re-group before the next project, the next endeavor, the next thing. A secret garden, where you can choose to disappear or show up. Wind up or down. Flip on or off the hi-speed fiber. Look inwards or out. Keep your race bike in mint condition for the ascents up to Sóller. Stash your classic library for literary winter weekends. Collect fishing poles and memories.

  It’s also the perfect base camp for job commuting – flying in on a Thursday, working from home on Friday, then enjoying the weekend before Sunday’s return.

Impremta Garden is nothing short of childhood mystery re-invented. Every apartment is a unique architectural solution, resulting from a combination of the building’s 400-year history and uncompromised modern design. The heart of the property is a lush pool patio, attracting desired sunlight along with equally appreciated shade. Under the sky. Indoors. With leaves, trees, private balconies, water, plants, stone, light, stories and life shining bright through the entire concept.

Where company is welcomed, but solitude is respected.

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The
Neighborhood

  • 01 – Paseo de Born
  • 02 – Plaza Cort
  • 03 – Mercat de l’Olivar
  • 04 – Mercat de Santa Catalina
  • 05 – Palma Sport & Tennis Club
  • 06 – Es Baluard Museum of Modern Art
  • 07 – Boardwalk by the sea

Closeness to everything and nothing

The area around Impremta Garden is dominated by the most historical district of Palma’s Old Town, with an intriguing maze of alleys, back streets, galleries, restaurants and cafés. As for amazing street life, you’re in the thick of it the second you step out the door. You are minutes away from the bustling Paseo De Born, or a short jog away from the waterfront boardwalk, the port and the beaches. Enjoy lunch under the olive tree at Hotel Cort or grab breakfast at Fibonacci’s around the corner. A short walk, and you’re ready to hit the courts at the all-new Palma Sport & Tennis Club, passing the trendy and vibrant Santa Catalina with its restaurants and Bohemian shops on the way. For the best food court in town, take the community bikes just north of the city center and explore San Juan Gastronomic Market’s many irresistible flavors. Also, just 10 minutes in a taxi puts you at the airport to the east.

Mallorca is a treasure chest of exploration, also outside the city – with its varied topography, rural villages, hidden beaches and high mountains. The hilly Sierra de Tremuntana characterizes the north-western part of the island, with an abundance of hiking and road bike opportunities. Adventurous roads lead down the slopes toward the coast where you can find inlets and old ports such as Puerto de Sóller and Sa Calobra. Head east from Palma, and you’ll discover sandy beaches, hidden coves, nature reserves and a quiet village life. All within a day’s reach.

Unless, of course, you decide to just stay in.

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2000 years of island life

Palma is a surprisingly big city with over 600.000 people living in the greater city area, amounting to half of the islands inhabitants. The Balearic capital was originally founded by the Roman Empire in 123BC and evolved under Roman rule for hundreds of years. When the Roman Empire fell, a Byzantine era began and lasted until a Muslim invasion in the 8th century. Palma was actually known as ’Medina Mayurqua’ for hundreds of years, and the city as we know it has its roots in Arab culture.

Mallorca endured a variety of rulers over the centuries, and faced yet another conquest – this time by James I of Aragon, who was the King of Aragon, Count of Barcelona and Lord of Montpellier. A fleet of 155 ships landed on the shores in 1229 with 1,500 horsemen and 15,000 soldiers. The Muslims were defeated through battle and a siege of Palma. After the conquest, the island was divided between participating nobility and knights from eight European regions – this created a feudal system, the legacy of which still affects the culture of today’s Mallorca. In the centuries that followed, Palma and the rest of the Balearic community slowly evolved under sometimes volatile times with blooming trade routes, piracy, inquisitions, local rivalry and constant influx of people fleeing various conditions in neighboring countries. Thus, as a historical haven for freedom seekers, merchants, and pirates, Mallorca and Palma entered modern times as a part of Spain and saw tourism rising to become the top industry in the 21st century. Possibly due to the same attractions that drew adventurers from the past: sun, liberty and opportunity. Today, Palma Old Town is the largest preserved antique city center in Europe.

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THE
BUILDING

A historic building in a historic setting

It’s easy to sense the centuries’ presence as you walk the narrow streets of Palma’s Old Town. This inner city, which was formerly an Arab ’medina’, with city walls and a seafront bustling with pirates, merchants, explorers and invaders – was the Mediterranean gateway between Africa, Europe and Turkey. Layers upon layers have shaped the city as we know it today, and many of the older structures bear countless dramatic anecdotes, tales and more or less unconfirmed war stories. This includes the homes in Carrer Impremta.

   Today, this historic building is being converted to Impremta Garden – a beautifully renovated living complex of 12 highly personalized apartments and an amazing open patio with a pool and lounge area at the heart of it all.

   The sensation that strikes you upon walking in from the alley is instant relaxation and a soothing tranquility. The street noise is replaced by your own thoughts and the occasional breeze through the leaves in the garden. It’s like entering a perfect oasis, where you can choose to hang out or sneak off into the privacy of your home.

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THE
APARTMENTS

Unique homes for the international explorer

Each space is filled with life and truly meant to be lived in. The tasteful framework and timeless aesthetics are a perfect design for anyone to add their own personalities and memories to. And through the entire process of creating these homes, the soul of the old town’s long and rich history has been carefully conserved, developed and utilized in order to translate this authentic feeling to each corner of the house.

   The apartments all have their individual angles. Most have private terraces and balconies, which extend the social area. On the first floor, which is the original ‘planta noble’ of the house, the apartments instead have winter gardens and extra ceiling height. All equally playful and inspiring.

   And what unites all apartments is the very heart of the building – as most residents have a view towards the lush open-air garden and pool area with sun, shade, lounge groups and a guest apartment.

   Everything reinforced by access to endless memories, discussions and inspiration.

Kitchen

Throughout each home, chevron patterned oak floors with calm walls, tactile surfaces and contrasting details work together to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere all year round. The kitchen and living room merge into a modern social space, facing inwards with large windows overlooking the garden, the pool or the street.

   Generous ceiling heights and restored ceiling beams enhance the unique character of the historic building. Wall paneling adds to the richness of the interior through a cutting-edge design principal. A smooth contrast runs through it all, with warm colors to create a comfortable atmosphere – and the custom made tiled floor contributes to the unique feel of each space.

   The kitchen is ultra-modern and minimalistic; smooth, warm grey cabinet doors with integrated handles meet a sober stainless-steel island, fitted with premium appliances. Suspended between past and present, the kitchen highlights the contrast between history and cutting-edge design.

Bathroom

Bathrooms are created with a modern expression and a few selected materials, smart solutions, hidden storage and contrasting nuances – from black gun metal finish to warm stone. Great effort has been put in to find the right mosaic, which lifts the sense of the entire bathroom. Every angle, detail and light is cleverly created to sync with the tactile feeling of the chosen surfaces and the apparent contrast between the space and its elements.

Bedroom

All bedrooms are space-optimized and rhyme with the aesthetics of the entire home, with a blend of wood and toned-down colors. These sleeping spaces are characterized by their coziness and inviting ambience, with functional storage in high-rise closets with detailed profiles that enhances the entire room’s uniqueness. The color palette is kept moderate to unite the bedroom with the rest of the apartment.

Terraces

Apartments with terraces will have access to unbelievable outdoor living, and some terraces offer a fantastic roof top experience with wide views over the city right in the midst of the lively quarters of Old Town.

The light, soul and ambiance of the city will become a part of the residence and the terrace space is a perfect extension of the living room – with morning sun, afternoons in the shade and sunset dinners. The original forged iron of the banisters and rails have been replicated into beautiful and modern details, showing a close relationship to the history of the house. This is further accentuated by the customized patterned stone floor which identifies the design foundation of all terraces.

The Architects

The delicate art of a respectful makeover
AVW ARQUITECTURA, Building Architect

Known for their high-quality projects on many locations around the island, Palma architect Alejandro von Waberer and his team were chosen to bring life to the ancient Impremta Garden property – in great part due to their own Balearic roots and thorough knowledge of the city’s history.

   Layers upon layers of various lives, activities, styles, functions, materials and destinies have been molded together over hundreds of years. For AVW, the obvious starting point was the center piece: to unveil and recover the courtyard, creating a secret garden for all residents to enjoy.

   The surprise effect has been important, allowing one to instantly sense the atmosphere of this unusual space when coming in from a small and bustling street. An oasis whose attraction is based upon an equal part of tradition and modern design.

   Every apartment in Impremta Garden is unique and has been given individual character within the thick ancient walls. The variations seem random, but in fact, they are carefully thought-out with the intention to reflect the growth and development of this ancient district of Palma.

   Each layer changes and reflects a different time, different architecture, just as each resident also is different and unique. The uniqueness of each layer and each apartment is in line with AVW’s design philosophy for the project – to adapt to a noble and historic city’s many shapes and layers with carefully created individual solutions.

   In return, each resident is rewarded with light, calmness, unique spaces and the opportunity to live in the center of Palma.

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Intentional clash between new and old
WHYTE LILJA, Interior Architects

The Stockholm based interior architects at Whyte Lilja are known for their uncompromising take on each project they get involved in. Scandinavian functionalism is blended with an extremely careful selection of each detail, material and light. All in order to fulfill the vision of modern residents, but also to add that sense of extra dimension and quality that make you connect emotionally with your new home.

   For Impremta Garden, the interior philosophy is based on an intentional clash between historic and modern design. This is expressed through enhancements of carefully chosen design elements paired with contemporary minimalism, with respect to the building’s historical character and soul – which creates a dynamic yet low-key vibe that oozes quality and sophistication.

   Each apartment is unique, with individually optimized floor plans and solutions. By keeping the overall color palette subtle and the range of carefully selected materials limited – the intention of each apartment is to create an inspiring canvas upon which the residents can apply their own personalities.

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Get in touch

For more information, please contact us at info@impremtagarden.com

Panorama has a goal oriented view on property development, with the needs and desires of the modern individual as a starting point – not the building process itself, and definitely not the convention. We identify the opportunities, and then, through close partnerships with the best suited collaborators for each project we develop unique residential properties in Sweden and abroad, always offering something different than the conventional.