Posted in Projects on 1 September, 2016

A farmstead set among Ibiza’s pastoral inlands, La Granja is a 10-room members-only retreat. SPACE looks at its earthy design…

A farmstead set among Ibiza’s pastoral inlands, La Granja is a 10-room members-only retreat—the first such experiment by Design Hotels —launched in collaboration with Friends of a Farmer, an international association devoted to the cultivation of art, crops and inner gardens.

Thanks to its return-to-the-land concept, La Granja features an on-site master farmer who oversees communal farming projects and workshops. Signed and labeled garden plots encourage open access and self-guided tours, and guests can learn about biodynamic agriculture through a series of workshops, classes and community-based projects. An enlightened program of rituals, from communal farming and slow-food workshops to yoga, daily music sets and lectures on diverse topics, such as the future of mobile societies, fosters a spirit of organic togetherness.


The Farmhouse

Converting the once-private residence was more an act of preservation than of transformation. Dreimeta Design Studio highlighted the structure’s weather-worn imperfections, imbuing the space with an aching elegance.

Marked by classical Iberian architecture and traces of Moorish influences, the public spaces, nine guestrooms and freestanding guesthouse feature arched walls and dark-wood beamed ceilings and doors, accented by hammered iron doorknobs and fixtures. Communal spaces, including the kitchen and pool, bring likeminded guests together, while cosy nooks are found inside and out for moments of simple solitude.

“The art of imperfect beauty is accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. Using flawed and scarred materials and surfaces we’ve alluded to the enigma of time passing,” said Armin Fischer of Dreimeta Design Studio.


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