St. Miquel 19 Refurbishment by Carles Oliver


Carles Oliver

José Hevia




Palma, Spain
Refurbishment project built with € 18,000 budget that aims to bring empty homes back into use for people in housing need, which is a huge problem right now at tourist areas like Mallorca island.
€ 12,000 have been used for energy efficieny improvement (roof insulation and biomass stove) and € 6,000 for indoor rehabilitation.
The project has been made with an urban sharecropping contract, paying rent for 3 years through the work, part of which has been done by self-construction.
In order to be able to refurbish a 100 square meters dwelling with this amount, we worked along these lines:
1. NOT TO DO, as the best way to do.
2. DOMESTIC ARCHEOLOGY, to learn how economy of means has built our cities for centuries.
3. BACK TO ARCH, as a way to open spaces without adding any kind of new material. To open a door is not the same than to build a door.

Text provided by the architect

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