Art - Nature - Architecture

Art - Nature - Architecture
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Art, nature and architecture coexist harmoniously in a Museum designed to awaken your senses. The most outstanding architectural detail in Sa Bassa Blanca is without doubt, the building designed by Hassan Fathy (Cairo, 1900-1989). Sa Bassa Blanca declared Heritage (BC) in 2012, is a unique building in the European context since it is the sole Hassan Fathy construction on this continent. He was already 78 years old and had never before built anything in Western Europe when he drew the plans of the Hispano-Moorish building which he called a "ribat" (fortified building), retaining only the outer walls of the pre-existing agricultural farmhouse. White walls, vaults and traditional domes crown the terraces of the building, surrounding a courtyard with gardens and fountains. Most of the windows are decorated with turned lattice-work called "mushrabeyehs" and the doors and tile floors are antique elements brought from Andalusia, and Northern Spain.
The Sa Bassa Blanca Museum, also houses in one of the rooms, a beautiful “Mudejar” coffered ceiling dated 1498, declared "Heritage of the Balearic Islands".
The existing water reservoir was transformed into an exhibition space in 1994. In 2007, a new space came into service also located underground, called SOKRATES. Thus, neither compete with the architecture of the great Hassan Fathy.
As a clear reflection of the passion for combining art and nature, the Museum also includes a rose garden, designed by Yannick Vu, featuring more than one hundred varieties of Old and English roses. It is conceived as a "Hortus Conclusus" or medieval garden, a walled-in space that combines decorative varieties with an Herb Garden. Some of the different Roses which can be found flowering in May in the garden are: Cymbeline, Honey Dyson, Winchester Cathedral, Celsiana, Blush Damask, Heritage, Baroness Rothschild, Sally Holmes, Raubritter, Constance Spry, Phyllis Bide, Dorothy Perkins, Souvenir du Docteur Jamain, Iceberg, Docile, Chaucer, William Lobb, Jacques Cartier, Charles de Mills.
One of the great attractions that perfectly combines art and nature, is the vantage point. From there you can see a spectacular panoramic view of the entire Bay of Alcudia and entering the military Observatory located there, you discover the installation where photographer Nilu Izadi created a large "Camera Obscura" that through a prism projects the inversed outdoor landscape on a concave screen. A different way to enjoy the wonderful landscape of the area. The access is difficult. Only for small groups of 6 adults, specialized in hiking. By appointment only.

 

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Located in Alcudia, Majorca, Spain, msbb is a museum fully integrated in a Protected Area declared Wildlife Sanctuary.
msbb - Museo Sa Bassa Blanca

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Museo Sa Bassa Blanca

Fundación Yannick y Ben Jakober

 

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