Mallorca in winter 2020/21: TORRE BLANCA opens the doors for creative minds
The Spanish kings also appreciate the location very much, because their summer residence is just a few steps away. The most famous painter that the island has attracted is Joan Miró. His estate is also in the immediate vicinity of Torre Blanca. The German owner of the house, Michaela Hüffer, tries everything to preserve the architectural beauty in the original. However, she has decided to open this jewel due to the high maintenance costs.
"Hola Michaela, you live in an exceptionally designed villa, how did you come to it? Finding such a unique place is like winning "El Gordo", right?"
Nods and laughs: "Yes, I would have needed it now. Because to be able to maintain 'Torre Blanca', considerable investments are necessary after all."
"How do you envision the future of 'Torre Blanca'?"
"The best thing would clearly be to win the lottery, perhaps in the person of a similarly ambitious associate, a good partner...." Michaela laughs: "For me it's gender neutral, I'm happy to have female or male business partners..."
"What might this collaboration look like?"
"There are several ideas. I can well imagine turning http://torreblancamallorca.de/ into a foundation. This would create a place where creative people can exchange ideas to develop new projects and create synergies. Another way would be to find someone who, like me, falls in love with the uniqueness of this house and wants to preserve it. He should either want to wait twenty years for it himself, or acquire it for a child or grandchild in a kind of life annuity. Of course, it could be a combination of both suggestions. Bring on the new ideas!"
"Why don't you tell us about Michaela Hüffer's life? You really have a very exciting life and are still in the middle of your activities. What were the outstanding cornerstones of your life Michaela? Where does this bubbling creativity come from?"
"I wanted to study art in Munich, where I already had a place to study. But then I bit the steering wheel ... in the truest sense of the word. To recover after the accident, in which I had also broken my right hand 3 times, I went to Mallorca, where we regularly vacationed since 1968. No sooner said than done. After a short intermezzo in Hamburg to dedicate myself to the study of foreign languages at the Georgsplatz. I experienced the "wild 1980s", was inspired by music and art. These inspirations and also my recovery progress on our sunny island had led me to open a boutique with my own designs and creations in 1982. Being close to Ibiza, I brought the craziest fashion to Mallorca. TOP AS hit like a bomb. My hand-knitted sweater creations were practically snatched out of my hand for 59,000 pts at the time. The competition didn't sleep, people copied my designs and I decided to go for shoes. Because they're not so easy to imitate. You can steal the idea, but building the right last is an art. The shoe business was successful, but the global financial crash in 2008 ushered in a new era. So I had to come up with new ideas. At that time I lived in Andraitx in the Villa 'Kunterbunt'. One day I 'accidentally' drove past 'Torre Blanca' where a 'Se Vende' sign was hanging. After one look over the wall, I was blown away! The two houses in Andraitx were quickly sold and I moved into my already beloved dream house, where I feel completely happy to this day."
"Michaela, the maintenance of this beautiful property certainly costs a fortune, especially to preserve the originality of your artistically designed house..."
... the magnificent stone facade is considered unique, along with the tower of the house. Michaela nods...
"How can this 1960s villa be preserved for posterity?"
"I would like to preserve this magnificent property. I have already received several offers to sell it. Even for a lot of money. But then it would be torn down and a faceless luxury apartment house would be built here, as there are already countless. Four years ago, I started renting out the guesthouse via Airbnb, for which I was able to get permission before the moratorium. It's been incredibly successful and also interesting. I met exciting people from all over the world, made friends with some. 2020 also started out very promising, but ... In mid-March, the lockdown set in and all bookings were cancelled.... At the end of June 2020 I had hope that it could continue, but ... the euphoria lasted only a few weeks, because the German and other European governments warned in mid-August against travel to Mallorca, renewed bookings and sales were lost. Without alternative chances to earn money. And there are quite a lot of elements in this house (like the still original iron windows, magnificent interior woodwork, the garden) that need to be constantly cherished."
"How do you imagine Mallorca and your life in 2025?"
"My Torre Blanca and I in the year 2025? I imagine that this beautiful object has become a meeting place where the art scene from near and far has a fixed point to creatively relax, to be inspired and to implement many common ideas and projects. I can just see myself lying by the pool with you, Oliver, and we're toasting to having reached the right person with this interview."
"Let's get back to the history of this extraordinary house, Michaela. What do you know about the villa's past?"
"Torre Blanca is one of the few houses designed and built by Onofre Prohens in the 60s. His love for extraordinary woodwork can be seen in the doors, built-in cabinets, tables, chairs, wall paneling and many other details. Stone carvings adorn part of the facade and are modeled after the Palace of Burgos, one of the four fireplaces depicts the reconquest of the island by Jaime I.... There is so much more. It's a pity that traveling is not really easy at the moment, because if you feel like visiting this really unique house, you should hurry here as soon as possible. Torre Blanca must not only be seen, but also felt. I must take this opportunity to reiterate that haste is needed to prevent the sale and demolition of TORRE BLANCA."
"How can creative minds turn to you?"
"Gladly by eMail or also by WhatsApp. Check out the website: http://torreblancamallorca.de/ ..."
"Thank you for the exciting interview and insights into your life. Good luck with keeping the house and stay healthy and creative, Michaela."
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