Converting a ruin with 4 flats in the heart of Santa Catalina and near by the harbour, inspired us, to make a exceptional and outstanding change and converting it into a cool family home. The target to keep the traditional facade and look of the house, but converting it in the inside into a modern & unique open space, brought us into challenging planning stage and in the same time it gave us the opportunity to think big and mainly to cultivate the difference.

Polished cement floors done in an old traditional way, iron staircase railing and windows done by an artistic blacksmith, handmade tiles by experienced artisans, brick walls, inbuilt furnitures handcrafted by carpenters, exceptional vintage wooden floor and last and not least all the technical details behind the walls. The entire team is proud and pleased with the outcome of our extensive & challenging work and we are very happy that just after finishing it, one of the most prestigious Architecture & Interior design books “TeNeues” is publishing our result.

Architecture: bconnected / Christine Leja Architects

Interior design: bconnected Interior Design / Designer: Christine Leja

Photos: Roman Kuhn


All starts with a vision and a mood board


After an intensive time of architectural planning, engineering, brainstorming, discussing and creating  we formed a fabulous team of architect, engineer, constructor, project manager, admin team and designer to turn all the wonderful ideas into reality.

Apart from the usual small obstacles that we always have with the usual offices and the interesting dialogues with the responsible decision makers, we were able to implement the vision successfully and exactly as dreamed.



“Architecture begins where engineering ends.” Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the Bauhaus movement.


Streamlined and modern, the large, ground floor apartment on C/Anibal perfectly embodies the “less is more” philosophy of Bauhaus, the legendary 20th century design movement, and its founder, Walter Gropius’s belief that, “architecture begins where engineering ends.” Minimal, functional, and stylish, the BAUHAUS apartment is defined by its sharp lines, white walls and black metal framing that creates a versatile and fluid living space between indoors and outdoors. Located in the heart of Santa Catalina, near the famous Santa Catalina market, the two-bedroom apartment has 100 sm of living space with floor to ceiling glass doors that open up onto the private, outdoor courtyard that feels like an oasis of calm. In classic Bauhaus style, everything serves a purpose in this apartment which blends unique architectural features like exposed metal beams with subtle design features such as built in shelving and cabinets.


How does a vision become reality?

First: a plan…..

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Second: ideas, items, style, feeling…….

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Third: inspiration, key points, lifestyle feeling,……

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Than: special objects are getting importance…….

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…and suddenly a picture is getting complete and the fantasy has a ready living space

Perfect moment to create the detailed and precise  3D`s

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…until here – the vision exists just as renders



…and than the challenge starts, to convert the vision into reality 🙂


…and the result is even better, than the “virtual converter” (renders) 🙂



It is wonderful to be a dreamer & visionary – but a vision, dream or idea, which is not put into action or which is is not precisely feasible – it will just stay a vision.

Vision completed 🙂

“Imagination makes reality possible”

While searching for one of my images in my files, I suddenly became contemplative and grateful, since I got aware about the rich, colourful, brave, creative and the otherness of all my creations. Grateful for the big freedom and the given opportunities to be authentic and to always do what I had in mind – thankful for the trust of my clients, partners and my team. They support me, they strengthen me and they make it possible that I can handle it as art. This development made those projects and all the creations of “Christine Leja architects” to very special “living concepts”, because every and each one is an authentic & individual artwork. I am proud of this crazy & colourful potpourri 🙂 Thanks for the support! Christine Leja

White beauty

I remember, when I visited 1 1/2 years ago a kind of a meaningless flat in the second floor, that I was trying to figure out the potential, the possibilities, the good thing about that property – but non of that was obvious and I was hardly getting a vision. The main reason to step into that challenge, was the anomalous size – at least in that neighbourhood – and nothing more. It was a new experience to plan something without having already a holistic vision in my mind. I just had the 4 walls as limitation and a south facing orientation. No idea, if the officials will allow me a terrace and I had no clue if there will be somehow a view….simply a risky undertaking. …But I love challenges and I am trustful to be able to realise a unique and coherent beauty.  My guidance is my creativity,  my experience, my incredible strong team and my love for special living concepts. Each result is a new experience which leads me to the next challenge. Thanks to my entire team!

Bringing life & soul into a big open space without colour eye-catchers – and staying in just all kind of white nuances and shades made it even more interesting. You are getting much more sensible for small differences and details and you value each light stripe, each nuance and every surface. I am very satisfied and happy with the outcome 🙂

Christine Leja


Beach bar concept – Miami spirit

Contriving a new beach bar concept with all dissoluteness and braveness and no special specifications is a wonderful mission and a great opportunity to give a novel ambiance to the entire neighbourhood and maybe an inspiration to change the spirit of the entire area. Converting an old building with a long existing bar into a cool & special hip spot, means a big change by construction, by replacing, by transforming and finally rebuilding and making the vision come true.

The spirit of the new concept is “Miami at its best” with the typical colours, combinations and the old style of kitsch. Pastel candy colours, Neon, different patterned fabrics, wallpapers, …just a “Miami vice” memory. Let`s wait the result – opening soon 🙂

By the way – it is always a pleasure to be creative for and with plucky and inspired clients 🙂


Greetings from L.A. – Palma meets California

Today I know, that my journey to L.A. was not only a wonderful leisure trip – it was THE inspiration for our new home. The spirit, the colours, the tropical vegetation, the easy & brave combinations, the openness and the laid back lifestyle encouraged me, to bring with me this feeling and to create our new environment with the same spirit. The challenge was to translate my own feelings to originate the own “sunshine state” in the way that it is not just a decorated home, that it is my living space with my favourite colours with my beloved items. Piece by piece, colour by colour, tiles here & there, collector items, as the “Elettra chairs from BBPR“, the “Arne Jacobsen” egg chair, tables from “Pierre Guariche“, brass lamps from “Lindholdt”, ….materialised this deep imported L.A. emotion. My unrestricted way of mixing materials, surfaces, colours and styles without necessary justification or explanation made me free & brave and made the desire come true. I am in love with our “sunshine state”.  Greetings to L.A. 🙂

Christine Leja architects – bconnected

Special thanks to Roman Kuhn for the fantastic photos




cushions tailor made with fabrics from Australia (outdoor fabrics)


Outdoor furniture “Gervasoni” available at bconnected home store


rug tailor made (size & colour & border to choose) bconnected home 


Gervasoni outdoor chair – bconnected home




original vintage swan chair


brass lamp “Lindholdt” – bconnected home


original BBPR elettra chairs


original side table by Pierre Guariche


collector item


sofa “La Torre” – bconnected home




handmade tiles from Morocco – bconnected home / water tap “Vola” copper


original egg chair by Arne Jacobsen


my own toys 🙂


Door handle “Belgium factory” – bconnected homes


bed 2m x 2m Gervasoni – Ghoste – available at bconnected home





Metal chairs by Gervasoni – available at bconnected home


lamp from “delightful” – available at bconnected home











wallpaper “Farrow & ball” / brass lamp “Lindholdt” – bconnected home


shutters tailor made by Christine Leja architects








kitchen tailor made by Christine Leja architects


water tap – “Vola”






mirror tailor made – bconnected home






Do what you love and love what you do!

Regards Christine Leja

A new task – ensouling a plain shell

A friend and colleague asked me, if I can imagine to ensoul his new built villa which he sold to an elder Irish family. Very honest and with a clear self-knowledge, he admitted, that it is a plain shell with the missing touch. After a first look at the property and meeting once the new owners, I decided to take care of this task. The villa has one of the most beautiful sea view – is south orientated, spacious rooms and no “curlicues” and therefor a good base to create an atmosphere. Thanks to the new owners for their trust and their brave “laissez faire” – which gave me the possibility in creating an entire concept. Sofas, chairs, beds, tables, tailor made shelves and writing desk, art, bed linen, lamps, books, spoons, soaps, sideboards, fruit tray, towels, flower pots, sun beds, umbrellas, curtains,….and much more…..were needed to make this property into a cozy and lively home. Not going for the most obvious style – modern & straight lines – instead deciding for a stylistic incongruity – was maybe the best solution to unite the needs of the new owner with the plain & straight lines of the property. I am happy to know, that the residents are more than content and that they feel “at home”!

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Art is not a thing; it is a way….a wonderful morning with Rafa Forteza

I would like to start with Claude Monet`s words: “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”

After seeing an artwork of Rafa Forteza, a well known Spanish artist, I had it more than clear, that I “need” to see more of his art and to meet him. An artist who has definitely a similar color obsession. Spontaneous and brave, I called him and asked him, if he please invites me into his studio …. maybe not the most common way of getting invited, but at least a way, to get there 🙂 Rafa Forteza – a “freethinker”, a unconventional person and a nonconformist – far away from “snatching fame” and far away from publicity and marketing actions, welcomed me in his studio in such a open hearted way, that I felt immediately familiar and”at home” with his special world and his colourful sphere. It was, like escaping from reality, without being sure, which of both is reality. As soon, as I get closer to art, my heart starts to beat and my subconscious gives me clear signs, that art is part of my life and that I need this spirit & inspiration, like I need air to breath! As Friedrich Schiller says: “Art is the daughter of freedom.”

Thank you Rafa, for that wonderful morning in your studio!


Looking at contemporary Spanish art, one cannot fail to discover the majorcan artist Rafa Forteza (born 1955). His diverse oeuvre includes painting and sculpture. His graphic work, which was in part realized in the workshops of Joan Miro and Tristan Barbara, enjoys an international standing. In an expressive style, Forteza creates a haunting world of images that alternates between abstraction and figuration, between reality and concept, and that speculates and manifests.

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MoMA. New York
Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Centre Pompidou, París
Colección DeutschBank
Musée d’Art Moderne de Collioure, Francia
Münchner Kunstlerhaus Stiftung, Munich
Fundación Peter Stuyvensant, Paris
Museu del Cinema, Girona
Es Baluard, Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma
Museu d’Art Modern de Ceret, Francia
Museo Postal y Telegráfico, Madrid
Museo de Calcografía Nacional, Madrid
Col-lecció “la Caixa”, Barcelona
Colección ONO, Madrid
Fundació Joan Brossa, Barcelona
Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca, Palma
Fundación  AENA, Madrid
Caixa d’Estalvis de les Balears “Sa Nostra”, Mallorca
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Universitat de LLeida
Govern de les Illes Balears
Parlament de las Illes Balears
Consell de Mallorca
Ajuntament de Palma
Ajuntament de Pollença


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“Creativity is contagious, pass it on!” – Albert Einstein





Lucidity, simplicity and spaciousness

Standing in front of a rough and overgrown piece of land, looking down to the same rough sea and trying to get a first inspiration, or better said a brain wave for a future home for a scattered family, with the need to have a special place in the sun, where they all can meet up, time by time and where they can share their love for transparency, light, sun and spaciousness.

After a first detailed topographic plan and knowing all needs, peculiarities, habits and ideas of the future dwellers, the creative boundless work can start. Doing such a openminded project in a small intimate team, is a wonderful brainstorming. 2 crazy minds – me and my old friend Roman started to dream, to imagine, to discard again, to turn all around, to start again……long nights with a lot of laughter and playfulness.

It is a gift, being able to let arise creative visions and dreams. I am very thankful for having such great people around me, which love to share this freedom of thoughts and whom are the same brave and crazy as me 🙂 Thanks Roman, for your big thinking and your spirit.

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A very special city hide-away

All started with a beautiful letter, in which a family described their life, their habits, their little secrets, their quirks, their lifestyle and their visions in detailed and vivid short stories to give me a guideline for my future planning. Today, I know, that this letter opened a door to a very different way of developing a living space. I felt like knowing every and each family member since always and the relation ship became so warm hearted and trustful, that we became a team by planning together, by designing together and by inspiring each other. Charlotte Jeppsson is such a creative and stylish person – with a nose for trends, qualities and style. Lars has a fantastic overall view, which keeps the balance in between creativity and comfort. Both together bestowed such a great spirit, that I am thankful for that experience and essentially for what we created together. Christine Leja / “Christine Leja architects”


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