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Plywood House

This modest townhouse is located in a quiet area in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and was built by the Spanish architectural firm Feina. In contrast to its name, the construction of the Plywood House reflects the island’s rich handicraft tradition, where stonemasons, carpenters and ceramists in Mallorca have been working wonders with humble materials for centuries. The design of the house seamlessly combines modern aesthetics with technical sensitivity and DIY playfulness.

The creative use of plywood was sparked by a demanding job that required the construction of an additional story on top of the original single-story townhouse. The raw aesthetics of the plywood structure, which is picked up by other plywood elements in the house such as a playfully designed staircase, pieces of furniture, and door and window frames, permeates the entire project. Local building materials such as wood, stone and terracotta have largely been preserved in their natural surface, while their various degrees of industrialization reflect the contribution of several local artisans. The prevailing palette of earthy hues is punctuated by splashes of bright blues, mints, and reds that have been applied to interior doors, window frames, and shutters, as well as a sleek pergola in the back yard.

Mallorca is known for its local tile makers, so it is not surprising that the Plywood House has a variety of handcrafted tiles, from simple square terracotta tiles in the courtyard to arabesque motifs in the house. Based on the geometric pattern of the plywood structure, the floors are playfully covered with diagonal cement tiles.

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