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Modernism and Bar Terraces, Palma

Over the last year Palma Council has relaxed its strict rules over bar terraces in public places

Over the last year Palma Council has relaxed its strict rules over bar terraces in public places and allowed chairs and tables to be put on the once hallowed turf of squares like the Borne and the
Rambla.

Now the same has happened with the up and coming Plaza del Mercado area which has experienced something of a renaissance recently as an 'after work' favourite where young professionals in the city
can sip on premium gin and tonics with friends and watch the world go by.

However not everyone is in agreement with the council as ARCA, an association to revitalise historic centres, has criticised the move because the bar terraces distract from the architectural
ambiance of the square.

The architecture to which they refer is the two fabulous identical twin buildings, Can Casasayas and the Pension Menorca, which are amongst the many fine examples of Modernism in Palma.

Built in 1910 by Josep Casasayas, the owner of a nearby sweet shop, the buildings were designed by two architects, Francesc Roca and Guillem Reynés in a style clearly influenced by Gaudi and it is
even said that they were based on his  Batlló y Milá houses in Barcelona.

So, what do you think, can we mix G&T's with modernism? Next time you're sipping a Mare and Fever Tree in the Gibson or Nicolas bars, just take a look at these amazing buildings next door.