Grooming Retreat by Mariana de Delás + Gartnerfuglen
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Grooming Retreat by Mariana de Delás + Gartnerfuglen

Sited at the center of a barley field sur­rounded by autochthonous bushes and wild olive trees, the Grooming Retreat is a wood shelf tower clad with cocoon-like layers of white mosquitos nets, enjoying a panoramic view meeting the Mediterranean sea and senses at the horizon the lush island of Cabrera.

Architects: Mariana de Delás, Gartnerfuglen Arkitekter
Location: Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Photographs: Courtesy of Mariana de Delás

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Owner and designer Mariana de Delás is an urbanite young professional who decided to move back to her hometown to run the family agricultural legacy.

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With the help of Oslo-based architecture studio Gartnerfuglen, this project is designed as a solemn refuge, consists of two parts: a 3×3 meters pavilion as a space for grooming and contemplation of one person; a sculptural horse station offer the benefits of one animal.

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Inspiration from architect:

The retreat is envisioned as a solemn refuge in where personal-cleansing is acclaimed. Learning from the animal’s benefits from their act of social grooming and focusing mainly on the importance of the cleansing ritual preformed to a horse, the project intends to regain back the time devoted to one self that modern times has taken away. The conception of a space to take a break from the multitasking contemporary madness by implementing a fortress like structure in where cleansing and individual mental and body hygiene becomes the priority.

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