[March 12 2017]
Casa Schillinger was commissioned by Emilio Schillinger – the owner of El Corsario Art Gallery – after refitting rural nearby houses with architect Erwin Broner (1898-1971) in 1962. Available for weekly rentals, the house is located on a hill 2km north of Ibiza town, its compositions of openings project the house outside with views on Dalt Vila, the old town.
Erwin Broner had developed an interest for art from a young age and by the 1920s he was a student of the German artist Karl Albiker. As the Nazi regime grew to power, Broner – who was of Jewish descent – fled the country in the early 1930s. After settling in Ibiza in 1934 the artist emigrated to the USA shortly after, where he acquired American citizenship. Here he worked on a number of architecture and lm projects in his new home city of Los Angeles. However, in the 1950s Broner decided to relocate to Ibiza permanently and in 1959, he co-founded the artists group known as Ibiza 59, alongside the likes of Erwin Bechtold, Bob Munford, and Bertil Sjöberg. Inspired by the Bauhaus movement of the 1920s and 1930s, Broner designed a number of remarkable houses across the island, most of which still stand today.
Text and Photo Olivier Bec