When we first laid eyes on painter Miquel Barceló's dreamy compound on the Spanish island of Mallorca in the Wall Street Journal, we did a serious double take. Astonishment quickly bloomed and faded, giving way to pure envy. Is that a Ateljee sofa by Finnish designer Yrjo Kukkapuro in action? (Yes, it is.) Are those insane vistas real or deceptively realistic works by the artist himself? (All signs point to real.)
Barceló—who grew up on the island and has homes in Paris and Mali according to the Journal—purchased the plot, which clocks in at about 1.2 square miles, in 1984, finding himself the newly-minted owner of a idyllic parcel anchored by a 12th-century lookout tower and medieval fortreess. According to the Journal, Barceló removed years of additions and restored and updated the stone fortress into a four-bedroom, four-bathroom dwelling totaling a glorious 5,380 square feet. Head over to the Wall Street Journal for the full story and a cache of glorious photographs.
・Miquel Barceló Turns a Childhood Memory Into a Home in Mallorca [The Wall Street Journal]
・A Surprisingly Cozy Pad in a 1970s Brutalist Landmark [Curbed]
・Behold, 10 of the World's Wildest New Interior Spaces [Curbed]