Sebastián Gamundí

The restoration of Son Penyaflor is part of the work of the architect DR. Sebastián Gamundí

Sebastián Gamundí Boscana was the first architect from Llucmajor (Mallorca), where he was born.

He gained a PhD in architecture from the University of Barcelona and he bought the Son Penyaflor possessió together with his wife.

Protecting the essence of the entire estate, he restored Son Penyaflor to turn it into a family home. And his design of the gardens highlighted the importance of the characteristic landscape of this area and ensured there were several places where you can enjoy being outside.

His love of art led him to create agrotourism venture arose from the idea of taking part of the estate traditionally used for cattle and horses and maximising its huge potential. The restoration sought to enhance its rustic and picturesque character and give travellers the opportunity to discover the real Mallorca.

At the Son Penyaflor Agrotourism, opened in March 1995, a permanent selection of his oil paintings, pastel drawings and watercolours are on display.

Sebastián Gamundí was behind other restoration projects, many of them in emblematic buildings, such as the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca and its Diocesan Museum.

We remember some words dedicated to Sebastián Gamundí by the then Bishop of Mallorca, Mons. Teodoro Úbeda, which encourage and inspire us:

“…our diocesan architect, who has been serving the Church of Mallorca with limitless generosity and an exceptional quality for more than 25 years and with whom I naturally have a very close friendship”.

He was the architect of the Diocese of Mallorca for over 40 years and when he was 80 he was honoured by the Vatican with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal in recognition of his work as a diocese architect and on the Cathedral of Mallorca.

Other distinctions and awards he received:

  • Sin Barreras Award given by the Island Council of Mallorca, for the Casal de Sant Pere i Sant Bernat as a priests’ residence (Palma, 2009).
  • Ciutat de Palma Award, finalist for the restoration and adaptation of the Casal de Sant Pere i Sant Bernat as a priests’ residence (Palma, 2002).
  • Sa Espigolera Award, the highest honour given by the Council of Llucmajor (2001)
  • Ciutat de Palma Award, first prize for the restoration of the Convent and Cloister of Santa Magdalena (Palma, 1988).
  • Tender contracts won and work performed:
    • Association of Quantity Surveyors of the Balearic Islands (Palma)
    • Arenal Yacht Club (Llucmajor)

He used these words, which also underscored the way he saw life, to pass on the values to his family that still guide us today:

“My focus in restoration is to respect the legacy of previous generations. I don’t want my contribution to be the centre of attention. Instead I want it to simply blend in seamlessly so that it doesn’t detract from the main structure”

Sebastián Gamundí in Wikipedia

Cathedral of Mallorca Website

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