Located in Alaró, a quaint Mallorcan town on the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, Camp Roig 31 is a modern family residence that feels like it’s been there for centuries – which is not technically untrue as it occupies a townhouse built more than a hundred years ago. Beautifully renovated by Josephine and Christoffer Du Rietz, the architect and digital designer couple behind Mallorca-based interior design and architecture studio DuRietz Design & Development, the house is a testament to Josephine and Christoffer’s passion for breathing new life into age-old houses (the studio’s core projects are for-sale private residences) as well as their love for Mallorca’s traditions and lifestyle, which led them to relocate there in 2016 from their native Sweden. Steeped in the island’s vernacular soulfulness yet sporting all the modern amenities you’d expect from a luxury holiday residence, Camp Roig 31 is a bespoke getaway that has been lovingly handcrafted for slow living.
Built in 1910 as a halfway house for crops and meat from a large farm outside the town, the house has since been used as a shoe factory, office and private residence by several families, including the mayor of Alaró. By the time Josephine and Christoffer came across the property a few years ago, it was in a very bad shape having been abandoned for over a decade. The state of the building posed numerous construction challenges but on the flip side it also presented an opportunity for radical transformation. Thoroughly refurbished from the ground up and exquisitely furnished, the century-old building has been given a new lease of life as a modern summer residence, complete with swimming pool, yoga room, garage and wine cellar – not to mention its own locally produced house wine.
The team was careful to retain the house’s architectural heritage and vernacular soul, meticulously restoring the original stone fireplaces, wooden carvings and first-floor loggia, which now serves as a spacious veranda where occupants can enjoy the spectacular views of the Tramuntana’s peaks. Unfolding over three floors, the five-bedroom house is complemented by a 410 square-metre backyard featuring a large pool with sundeck, dining area with outdoor kitchen, landscaped garden and a raised terrace on top of the old water tank.
A muted palette of natural materials and earthy hues both inside and out imbues the property with a pared down aesthetic that harmoniously interweaves vernacular elements with contemporary minimalism. This approach is best exemplified by the design of the ground floor kitchen, a communal space at the heart of the house. Custom-made stripped cabinets made from solid walnut laths combined with light cream travertine surfaces are the epitome of design sophistication, while ceramic floor tiles, timber roof beams, and the original stone fireplace and adjacent stone sink speak of the building’s modest origins, with a built-in sinuous banquette delineating a breakfast area bridging modernity and tradition.
Also on the ground floor, a spacious dining room features a solid walnut dining table paired with solid walnut and cotton cord ‘Josephine’ chairs - both custom designed by Durietz Design specifically for the project, as are many of the house’s lighting and furniture pieces including the marble bedside tables and fabric headboards in the bedrooms, and the study’s desk and wall shelving. Next to the dining area, the light-filled living room opens up to the backyard, with two more living areas on the first and second floors providing plenty of space to both socialize and retreat in privacy. Five unique bedrooms with corresponding walnut and travertine swathed bathrooms, plus a home office, yoga room and well-stocked wine cellar complete the house’s indoor amenities. With generous outdoor spaces that can be used day and night, from the backyard terrace from which to enjoy the early morning sun, to the sun-soaked pool deck, sunset-blessed veranda, to al fresco dinners, the townhouse is a bona fide retreat in every sense of the word – just as Josephine and Christoffer intended.