When we first step into Can Garrover, a building with over a hundred years of history and the former town theatre, we were fascinated by the magnificent space, which had deteriorated over the years because it had been abandoned.
Now the concept was to turn the building into a single-family home without losing the essence of what it once was: a theatre. The theatre, located on the first floor of the house, became the soul of the renovation design because the idea was to preserve the space, treating it as a light shaft to keep its memory alive.
The house has two façades; the main one faces the town and serves as the entrance. The second façade, facing away from the town and opens onto garden with swimming pool, giving all rooms direct access to this space.
The entrance to the house is through the large solid wood doorway and a small entrance where guests can wait while observing the interior through the large iron and glass carpentry. A limestone cobblestone path set into the white micro-cement pavement guides us to the outside, yet once inside, the great marés stone (a type of local sedimentary clastic stone) arch, which has been restored, welcomes us to the hall, which leads to a series of en-suite rooms, all of which open to the outside.
There is a large staircase in the hall that leads to the first floor where the main living area is located, which offers a magnificent large space with vaulted ceiling, large living room with open kitchen and dining area, creating a loft-like vibe with loads of natural light coming in through the courtyard, once the theatre’s stage.
The neutral, subtle and relaxed décor, the work of interior designer Maria Rosello, ensures that the space preserves its strong character. The main bedroom, with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, is also on this floor.
From this first floor, a small door leads to the outside and a large existing stone staircase to which a black iron banister was added. The staircase leads down to the paved courtyard that features an olive tree. On the right-hand side is a freestanding stone house that the clients wanted to use as a guest house, located facing the garden and the large swimming pool.