Located on a remote agricultural estate in Mallorca, Grooming retreat, as the name suggests, is a place to practice self care and nurturing behavior towards not only the body, but also the mind. The project's aim is to reclaim the time for ourselves, that the rushing present takes from us. In the designers’ statement, the ritual is compared to the importance of grooming of a horse before and after riding. As the creators explain: “the ceremonial procedure begins with the ritual of the equestrian arrival. The horse is stationed and groomed next to the water tank and manger. Next, a peregrination across the raised wooden walkway leads to the ascension through a hatch into the solemn refuge.
The elevated sanctuary does not prioritize to shelter from the environment but rather aims to refuge the urbanite from the social order to remind and applause the conditions of her indigenous surroundings.This fragile fortress, keeps you isolated, but also allows a toned down impression of the surroundings. In contrast to the urban daily life of the client, the presence inside the elevated shrine provides no impulses except the internal.”
Mariana de Delás and Gartnerfuglen Architekten envisioned a minimalistic square space made out of timber frames, surrounded by layers of white net, which gives just the right amount of privacy for the user, while providing an opportunity to gaze out and take in the panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea. The space invites one to take a break from the rush of the world and embrace the self-nurturing rituals, concentrating on reconnecting with ourselves.