Historic houses

Renovations of historic and traditional buildings

Harris Architects design renovation and conversion projects in historic, catalogued and traditional buildings.

We create sensitive renovations or total conversions of old buildings respecting, and where possible, intensifying the character of the existing building fabric. We provide surveys and complete design and planning services for existing and protected buildings.

Traditional house in CalviaTraditional house in Calvia The transformation of a traditional house in Calvia – a two hundred year old vernacular cottage – adding a new kitchen extension with southerly aspect and country views
THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND’S LUNCHEON PAVILIONEdward Baring, Lord Revelstoke’s Estate, 1884. Refurbishment of a National Trust protected house. To bring a partly derelict catalogued Grade II protected house up to modern living conditions, whilst maintaining the original characteristics of the building. The complete project includes the main house and several outbuildings, respecting conservation laws and providing a fully functioning permanent […]
HISTORIC HOUSE NEAR SANTANYIReformation of an historic house near Santanyi Reformation of an historic house near Santanyi, South Mallorca. Conversion of the original town bakery into linked apartments and artists’ studios.
historic country house interior designHistoric country houseHistoric country house reformation. Interior design of a historic country house near Girona, including furniture design using local sustainable hardwoods.


When working on old buildings, we take particular care to understand the fabric of the existing building – its history, and changing uses, as well as its current physical condition.

Every project is entirely different, however as a general principle, with old buildings we attempt to intervene as minimally as possible to achieve the maximum effect for the minimum of means. We aim to maintain the existing as far as possible, whilst creating new spaces, circulation and conditions of light and warmth.

We have worked on numerous protected and listed buildings in Spain and the UK, as well as on projects in highly protected landscape settings. We have good relations with the Council of Mallorca Heritage department, and other official bodies concerned with protecting the built environment. Our clients have included the National Trust besides many private owners. Our experience also includes being advisers to both English Heritage and the Arts Council of Great Britain, as well as teaching preservation of ancient buildings at Barcelona School of Architecture.



For enquiries regarding historic or traditional buildings including renovation projects, alterations, surveys or planning consultations across Mallorca contact:

sebastian@harchitects.com    /    +34 654 492 272

New residential projects and designs
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Historic, catalogued and traditional building projects


TEL : +34 654 492 272