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You are in the heart of Palma’s Old Town where the breeze still carries the sea’s salty aroma. In this central area, surrounded by some of the city’s finest shops and restaurants, close to Plaza del Mercat, two minutes from Paseo del Borne and just a short distance from the city’s wide variety of attractions, you look up and slowly contemplate a classic-looking building with traditional exteriors, standing in a charming street where it blends harmoniously into the background setting.

Can Santacília stands out, not for its ostentatiousness but for the elegant way it enhances this secluded area of the city.


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When you pass through Can Santacília’s large wooden door, it bares its soul to you in the form of a traditional Mallorcan courtyard. When you enter the actual building and walk through its rooms, you have to admire its complex structure and the stunning views from its penthouse attics. You will marvel at its architecture, with its efficient design combined with a respect for the building’s history, encapsulated in the 16 new residences and other communal areas that make up Can Santacília.

Can Santacília offers residents the opportunity to enjoy life to the full in harmonious surroundings where everything is as it should be.
The façade of the building rises up above this secluded Old Town of the city.
Santacília’s inner courtyard unites the present with the past in an atmosphere of tranquillity and exclusive distinction.
The spacious luminous gym is a delight for the eyes. An exclusive place for keep-fit enthusiasts, with superb views of the city.
COMMON AREAS

Each and every one of Can Santacília’s different areas is absolutely unique, even though they all share certain common denominators: quality, comfort, luxury distinction and avant-garde appeal.


INDOOR POOL/SPA 56 SQM
STEAM BATH & CHANGING ROOMS 20 SQM
FULLY-EQUIPPED GYM 42 SQM
CENTRAL COURTYARD 76 SQM
LOBBIES AND CIRCULATION AREAS 314 SQM
RESIDENCES

As you walk through its residences and pause to look at all their features, you can appreciate their timeless beauty, synonymous with that feeling of plenitude that hits you when you realize that your home was there waiting for you, waiting to culminate your dreams.


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When your residence is brought to life in the company of friends and family, you will feel the joy of sharing something absolutely unique in a setting conspicuous for its careful blend of tradition and contemporary design, with charming indoor garden areas and views of Palma’s Old Town. On such occasions, you will feel at one with an environment that is somehow familiar to you. It is hard to explain why this occurs, perhaps because just like Can Santacília, we are all a perfect blend of past and present.
RESIDENCE NO. 1

GROSS FLOOR AREA 172.18 SQM
OUTDOOR AREAS 32.74 SQM
BEDROOMS 3
BATHROOMS 4
WINDOWS WITH BALCONY 3
UPPER TERRACE 1
RESIDENCE NO. 2

GROSS FLOOR AREA 211.76 SQM
OUTDOOR AREAS 89.27 SQM
BEDROOMS 4
BATHROOMS 4
WINDOWS WITH BALCONY 1
UPPER TERRACE 1
RESIDENCE NO. 3

GROSS FLOOR AREA 216.53 SQM
OUTDOOR AREAS 14.59 SQM
BEDROOMS 2
BATHROOMS 3
TERRACE 1
RESIDENCE NO. 4

GROSS FLOOR AREA 238.33 SQM
OUTDOOR AREAS 19.65 SQM
BEDROOMS 3
BATHROOMS 4
WINDOWS WITH BALCONY 7
RESIDENCE NO. 6

GROSS FLOOR AREA 214.87 SQM
OUTDOOR AREAS 22.51 SQM
BEDROOMS 2
BATHROOMS 2
WINDOWS WISTH BALCONY 2
RESIDENCE NO. 7

GROSS FLOOR AREA 188.68 SQM
OUTDOOR AREAS 48.93 SQM
BEDROOMS 2
BATHROOMS 3
UPPER TERRACE 1
RESIDENCE NO. 8

GROSS FLOOR AREA 97.27 SQM
BEDROOMS 1
BATHROOMS 2
RESIDENCE NO. 9

GROSS FLOOR AREA 158.92 SQM
OUTDOOR AREA 5.45 SQM
BEDROOMS 1
BATHROOMS 1
WINDOWS WITH A BALCONY 4
RESIDENCE NO. 10

GROSS FLOOR AREA 93.70 SQM
OUTDOOR AREA 4.56 SQM
BEDROOMS 2
BATHROOMS 2
WINDOWS WITH A BALCONY 3
RESIDENCE NO. 11

GROSS FLOOR AREA 78.53 SQM
BEDROOMS 1
BATHROOMS 1
RESIDENCE NO. 12

GROSS FLOOR AREA 75.01 SQM
BEDROOMS 1
BATHROOMS 1
RESIDENCE NO. 13

GROSS FLOOR AREA 52.87 SQM
BEDROOMS 1
BATHROOMS 1
RESIDENCE NO. 14

GROSS FLOOR AREA 208.28 SQM
OUTDOOR AREA 53.53 SQM
BEDROOMS 3
BATHROOMS 3
COURTYARD 1
RESIDENCE NO. 15

GROSS FLOOR AREA 111.62 SQM
BEDROOMS 3
BATHROOMS 3
WINDOWS WITH A BALCONY 1
RESIDENCE NO. 16

GROSS FLOOR AREA 59.71 SQM
BEDROOMS 1
BATHROOMS 1
BUILDING SPECIFICATIONS

BUILDING
HEATED INDOOR POOL
STEAM BATH
FULLY-EQUIPPED GYM
MALLORCAN COURTYARD
LOBBY
RESIDENCE
WINDOWS IN FAÇADE
Wood-framed double-glazed windows with traditional coffered top. Mallorcan-style exterior wood shutters
WINDOWS ONTO TERRACE
Wood-framed sliding doors, with double-glazed safety glass
WALLS
Ecological paint
FLOORS
Wood flooring
BUILT-IN WARDROBES
With solid wood doors

KITCHEN
KITCHEN UNITS
Made to measure by carpenter
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
Miele or similar
COUNTERTOPS
Binissalem stone or similar
TAPS
Dornbracht ro similar
BATHROOMS
WALLS
Natural stone to be defined by the Management Team
FLOORS
Natural stone to be defined by the Management Team
TAPS
Dornbracht in main bathrooms, Hansgrohe in secondary ones
SANITARYWARE
Duravit or similar
PALMA

Some call it the jewel in the Mediterranean’s crown, while others describe it as an oasis of peace. It is no easy task to capture the essence of a place that offers so many possibilities as Palma de Mallorca in just a few short words.

It is instantly evident that the Balearic capital today is a perfect mix of tradition and avant-garde style. When you pass through the city walls of the Old Town, endless charms await you. Indeed, every single nook and cranny is synonymous with Mediterranean beauty.


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When you have lived in Palma for a while, it is rather like getting used to living in a dream world. You slowly unwind. And you learn to appreciate it all the more whenever you have to leave it. That is when you really miss its beauty and tranquillity. In Palma, everything is so near–just a short walk away. And it is on those strolls that each of us forms our own concept of the city, when everything you wish for is there at your fingertips.
Wake up to sunlight and history’s charms.
On your stroll, discover the delights of Palma’s traditional shops and bars.
Although you can always choose to have breakfast in more avant-garde surroundings.
Keep fit at an exclusive sports club.
Or enjoy a coffee at a penthouse immersed in history.
As you continue your stroll, see how the sunlight bathes the classic Mallorcan façades.
Gaze out to sea from Europe’s biggest gothic cathedral.
What are you into? Traditional or more avant-garde art?
Stop for a tapa at a trendy eatery.
Take a stroll in streets steeped in Roman and medieval history.
Palma’s refreshing atmosphere extends to its fresh local produce.
Enjoy Mallorca’s select cuisine.
What better way to digest your meal than an after-lunch waterfront stroll?
Another dilemma: are you a fan of top brand names or do you prefer hunting for treasure in small shops?

HISTORY

When you look at Can Santacília’s façade, you are gazing at 400 years of history. It has been a home to important 16th century figures. The Santacílias were one of those well-accommodated families from the Mallorcan nobility that decided to build a house over several generations in keeping with their status: a home that would bear their surname and reflect their social position and tastes.

The building’s earliest residents were high-ranking figures who enjoyed good conversation and valued the importance of good service and fine clothes. Over the years, important personalities stayed there, including Prince Luis of Bourbon’s widow and her daughter.


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Four centuries after its original construction, the building has been refurbished and adapted by top architects to bring it in line with today’s times. During this process, care has been taken not to relinquish any of its intrinsic essence so that it is ready to receive today’s connoisseurs of fine living…

…because although time brings about changes, great moments in history do tend to repeat themselves.
A respect for tradition was fundamental in the refurbishment of the inner courtyard. During the refurbishment work, subtle features were added to bring out the true beauty of this emblematic area, without relinquishing any of its intrinsic essence.
Plaza de la Constitución has remained practically unchanged since the early 19th century. The city of Palma has built its future on the atmosphere of its past.
Over the years, some areas of Palma have changed. However, the façade of Can Santacília still looks just as it did when this photograph of the city was taken in 1916.
Jaime Oliver and Paloma Hernaiz at their Palma studio.
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ARCHITECTS

We met up with Jaime Oliver and Paloma Hernaiz, the directors of OHLAB, the architecture and interior design studio in charge of the Can Santacília development project. Both are closely familiar with Palma’s history and culture and they have extensive international experience in singular development projects. For these architects, this is not just another project but the outcome of a complex process that has gradually taken shape over the course of the years.

JAIME OLIVER — This is a very important project for us, It’s not every day that you have the chance to work on a 400-year-old building. The experience that we have gained working for many years in different countries with widely differing cultures has made us change our outlooks and we have a greater respect for local heritage and, particularly, for our roots. This project was an opportunity to work on a piece of our own city’s history, to recover aspects of the building’s history and to integrate a type of home into it that fits in with the architecture and guarantees all the comforts, conveniences and energy-related developments of today’s global city.

PALOMA HERNAIZ — We aimed to refurbish the building in such a way that its intrinsic historical essence was conserved, combined with a contemporary flavour. We didn’t want to erase or conceal all the alterations that had been made over the course of history in order to create an idealized vision of a past era that we couldn’t determine with any exactitude. Instead, through gradual research, we aimed to identify different stages and interventions, acknowledging noteworthy features of each of them. What’s more, to do all this efficiently and to reintegrate the building into the city’s activities, it was essential to bring its different living spaces, use and energy performance in line with 21st century criteria.
JAIME OLIVER — We were confronted with a complex, highly compartmentalized structure, with a 16th century façade and volume that had undergone many alterations over the years, so what we did was to take advantage of the building’s complexity to create new unexpected spaces so that each unique solution serves to bring out the very best of the building. The project resolves each residence with a unique layout and singular design solutions. What makes the whole building unique is the fact that its historical essence has been recaptured while engaging a rigorous commitment with its contemporaneity.
JAIME OLIVER — We created a new layer distinguishable from the old part of the building. We didn’t want to create fake historical features. We wanted the contemporary elements to complement the classical ones in an honest way. We intended the new features to emphasize classical aspects of the building and vice versa.

PALOMA HERNAIZ — Choosing items made of top-quality local natural materials that highlight the building’s history and Mediterranean essence was fundamental in this project. We’ve used a basic selection of fine materials, such as aged bronze items, local stone, large stretches of mirror and porcelain details, in addition to restoring traditional features like structural stone elements, wrought iron door fittings or old ceilings.
JAIME OLIVER — You always think of a target public that will truly value what you’ve worked on. In my opinion, the people most likely to appreciate Can Santacília are highly discerning ones who pay attention to detail, value the importance of history and have a great sensitivity.
PALOMA HERNAIZ — Indeed we are. We always regarded it to be a tribute to history and to our past. Can Santacília was built over a long period of time, but some parts of the building were spoilt over the years. The challenge for us was to unveil its history. The building deserved to recapture its former splendour and to be brought in line with today’s times, and I think we’ve managed to discover its latent potential. We are satisfied with the results and, as with all successful projects, we’ve learnt a great deal along the way.
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