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The artist Joan Miró lived and worked on Cala Major for 40 years. After his death in 1983, his wife converted the house and former studio into an art centre. This modern edifice, nicknamed the “Alabaster Fortress” by the Spanish press, is the work of Rafael Moneo, a leading Spanish architect. The new building houses a permanent exhibition of Miró’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures, as well as a library, auditorium and a shop selling items decorated with the artist’s colourful designs. Composed of concrete made to look like travertine marble, the starkly modern building is softened by reflecting pools, cool planes, ramps and staircases. Its high, narrow windows afford surprising views from the hilltop site. Most originally, huge marble panels are used as translucent walls, softly lighting the trapezoidal exhibition spaces.