Can Lis is the Majorcan home of Danish architect Jørn Utzon (who designed a little something called the Sydney Opera House, amongst other things). it was built in 1972 using traditional Majorcan building methods & local materials, and was designed to embrace the day-to-day life of his family. recently renovated and restored, it now serves as a refuge for working architects & artists. so if you’re keen to take some creative time out on the Balearic Islands you might consider applying for  one of their residency programmes.

one thing i love about architecturally designed houses from that era was how often things were permanently built in – you’ll notice the sandstone benches and table in the outdoor entertainment area, as well as the sandstone shelving. not to mention that half-moon “couch” in the living room. no more agonising about what sofa you’re going to get, huh?

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photographs by Torben Eskerod

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  1. love all of those cut-outs in the walls, especially that crescent moon – really beautiful home

  2. the built-ins are fabulous (and a nice way of keeping control over the decor ;)) and the crescent moon is such a lovely detail . i know Utzon’s work, but hadn’t seen this before. Wonderful!

  3. I feel ashamed I don’t know much about Jørn Utzon’s other works despite hailing from the city with that Opera House. The play of space and light is wonderful. And yes, I dream of semi-circular lounges.

  4. The mixture of classic stonework and paired with the minimalist but modern furniture certainly adds a unique feeling to the property and its design!

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