Toni Catany International Photography Center / mateoarquitectura


Toni Catany International Photography Center / mateoarquitectura

© Aldo Amoretti

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© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

Text description provided by the architects. In the old town of Llucmajor (Mallorca), occupying part of the birthplace of photographer Toni Catany, we have built the International Center of Photography, based on the work and collection of this great artist.

© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

The place, the history, the remains, the scale, the classic typology of houses closed to the outside and open to interior courtyards… all this obviously forms the basis of the project. They are ghosts or realities that accompany us, even if we have to control them.

© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

But we have not forgotten that our mission here was to build a center of reference for contemporary museography as a setting conducive to exceptional works.

© Gabriel Ramon
© Gabriel Ramon

We have preserved vestiges, while rebuilding, we initially restored the facades with care …

© Gabriel Ramon
© Gabriel Ramon
Ground floor Plan
Ground floor Plan
© Gabriel Ramon
© Gabriel Ramon

Singular elements appear a staircase which takes off, another which recreates the chromatic universe of the artist in question …

© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

Although the protagonist is always the space with an accompanying detail that is both radical and accessible.

© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

This is a building constructed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with its various moments of isolation, distance and digitization. Yet here it was necessary to produce something concrete, close, manual, in a distant and sometimes hopelessly archaic world. It was not easy.



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