© Richard Bryant

The Neuendorf House, designed by John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin in 1991, is a vacation house for a German art dealer set in an almond grove on Mallorca’s island. The house uses materials and colors characteristic of the island’s traditional architecture in a renewing formal vocabulary.

Neuendorf House Technical Information

  • Architects: John Pawson + Claudio Silvestrin
  • Location: Mallorca, Spain
  • Project Architect: Crispin Osborne
  • Structures: Tietz & Partners
  • Builders: J.Salis Construcciones
  • Client: Hans and Caroline Neuendorf
  • Completion of work: 1991
  • Design Years: 1987 – 1989
  • Photographs: © Richard Bryant, © Boris Steinweg, © Ulrike Schamoni | Courtesy of

The design explores ways of achieving a quality of proportion in outside space more usually associated with interiors.

– John Pawson Architects

Neuendorf House Photographs

© Richard Bryant


© Richard Bryant


© Boris Steinweg

Rear Facade | Neuendorf-House-John-Pawson-Claudio-Silvestrin-ArchEyes-5

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Pink walls

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Dining Room - Jphn Pawson house interiors

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Minimalist bathroom by John Pawson

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John Pawson's Bedroom

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Villa Neuendorf is a rigorous parallelopiped whose monolithic presence is counteracted on all façades by the presence of “cuts” in various positions with different orientations to prevent any form of monotony.

Text by the Architects

Neuendorf House Plans

Neuendorf House Floor Plan | © John Pawson + Claudio Silvestrin


Neuendorf House Sections | © John Pawson + Claudio Silvestrin


Axonometric View | © John Pawson + Claudio Silvestrin

Neuendorf House Gallery

About John Pawson

John Pawson is a British architectural designer whose works are known for its minimalist aesthetic. Coming from a wealthy family, he was schooled at Eton. After a period in the family textile business, Pawson left for Tokyo, where he visited the studio of Japanese architect and designer Shiro Kuramata. On his return to England, he enrolled at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, leaving to establish his own practice in 1981. Pawson’s work focuses on approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light, and materials.

Cite this article: "Neuendorf House in Mallorca / John Pawson + Claudio Silvestrin" in ArchEyes, July 4, 2016,