11 October, 2022

Tailor Retail Makers renovates the old essence factory in Álora as its headquarters

From the 1920s until 1972, a French family manufactured and exported perfumes and essential oils from the orange blossom of the Guadalhorce Valley on the premises. During its history, it has had some other uses, such as a warehouse or discotheque. 

Located in the Puente district of the town of Álora in the province of Málaga, on the banks of the Guadalhorce river, the facilities have two warehouses, an elevated water tank, a shed and a brick chimney. It had been previously partially refurbished by the Borrego family after incorporating it into their property portfolio to make room for another of the construction group’s companies.

The current intervention in the main building, carried out by Tailor based on a project by its general manager, Juan Manuel Mancebo, has created two interior levels and rearranged the common outdoor space to house the company’s headquarters, in addition to the permanent ones in Madrid.

The range of uses is based on a large open space on the ground floor, with collective work desks to house a dozen permanent technicians and administrative staff and hot desks for technicians on occasional visits. It also has an office, meeting room, project room and logistics warehouse.

Outside, there is a wooded area set up as a car park, recreational areas, and an office shared with Leba, the other construction company of the group also located on the site.

In the words of Juan Manuel Mancebo: ´The project replicates the aesthetics of 20th-century industrial architecture, using materials and dismountable construction solutions that respect the original building and function as an interior skin by creating a friendly and functional space to work in.´

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