Palma de Mallorca, Spain
© José Hevia
OHLAB is an office devoted to urban analysis and cultural research of contemporary society through design, architectural practice and urban strategy.
OHLAB has been nominated twice for the Mies van der Rohe Award, has been awarded by the Architecture Masterprize as one of the Architecture Firm Of The Year of 2022 and Interior Design Firm of the Year of 2019, selected as one of the 6 best emerging interior design studios by Dezeen and has been previously described by the Chicago Atheneum as “one of Europe’s most important emerging architects”. In 2019 opened Can Bordoy a transformation of a historical building into a hotel, which received international attention and more than 20 design awards.
OHLAB is currently working in the design of different hospitality, residential and retail projects in Spain and abroad, including the already awarded Passivhaus Casa Xaloc, a Plus Energy building in Mallorca. In 2022, OHLAB has finished several projects, including one of the tallest Passivhaus residential buildings in Spain (Nearly Zero Energy Building), and a 3,000 m2 residential project in a historical building from the XIII century in the old town of Palma. The office, directed by Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver, was originally established in Shanghai in 2007, moved to Madrid and currently its main office is in Palma de Mallorca where a team of 18 architects, interior designers and building engineers are working in a variety of projects.
OHLAB has received numerous awards for their work on design and sustainability, such as Dezeen, Conde Nast, Monocle, INSIDE, AHEAD and Architecture Masterprize, Surface, to the best hotel of the year (Can Bordoy), Best House of the Year Award in 2017 from Architectural Record, New York; Best Eco Design Award in 2017 from IED, Madrid; 3 Awards at the World Architecture Festival 2016, Berlin; Best Energy Efficiency Project Award from NAN in 2016; Best of the Year Awards, New York in 2016, 2014 and 2012, WIN Awards, London, in 2016, 2014 and 2012; Great Indoors Awards 2013 among many others. The office was also nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Awards in 2021 and 2011.
Their work has been published extensively in specialized and general media such as Monocle, Wallpaper, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Arquitectura Viva, FRAME, AD, Diseño Interior, Domus, Vogue, Elle, El País, La Vanguardia, The New York Times o Financial Times among others.