"The two palaces Hans Barreth has built in Cannes for the Saudi royal family evoke an oasis of calm and freshness, with white lacquered palm trees made of reinforced foundation and decorated with gilded woodwork (…)",

Jean-Philippe Zipper, Frédéric Bekas,
Architectures vitalistes: 1950-1980,
p. 34, Marseilles, éditions Parenthèses, 1986, 99 p.
(ISBN 9782863640258).

Hans Barreth

Hans Barreth

(Copenhague, 1942)

Hans Barreth graduated in Lausanne (Switzerland) and, before turning thirty, he was already working with Raymond López architects, who had been Henry Pottier collaborator, and Alvar Aalto, winner of the American Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal (AIA) and creator of Essen’s opera house.

From an early age, he was in first-hand contact with the sustainable architectonical concepts of the Eskimo inuit culture, of the western Amerindians in the US, and the Maya, being imbued with their ecological integration into the environment.

After collaborating with Eugène Lizero on the Cannes projection plan, he created his own architect’s office, from which he took part, directly or indirectly, in almost all the splendorous development of Cannes during the last quarter of the 20th century – including projects such as the Cannes-Mandelieu airport or the Côte d’Azur hippodrome.

He also created the Business District in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), a hotel in Central African Republic, and developed he improvement project of a 1500 inhabitants neighborhood in N’Djamena, Chad. From 1980 onwards, he has worked in Los Angeles (US), Egypt, Tunisia, Mumbai (India), Jordan, Korea, the Persian Gulf and Spain.

Throughout his entire career he has been interested in the creation of ecological construction, and over the last 15 years he has focused his work in the design and promotion of these ecological buildings known as Green Building.

Hans Barreth as won international competitions for the execution of a series of sustainable architecture developments, including two touristic palaces in Saudi Arabia, a neighborhood in Amman (Jordan), and Abu Dhabi’s hippodrome in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Josep Sintes

Josep Sintes

(Menorca, 1967)

From an early age he started to work in business management and environment-integrated projects in his native island, Menorca, designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Sintes holds a Phd in Economy from the University of Geneva, where he was a professor and researcher.

He has also worked for the United Nations , in Geneva as an expert on the public debt viability and has managed different international projects on developing countries in Africa, Asia and America. He is also an expert in the study of economic cycles and has also worked in the management of real state projects in France.

During the period between 2009 and 2014 he has been the director of the economy department of the CAEB (Confederación de Asociaciones Empresariales de Baleares),a local institution member of the Business Europe net, working as an interlocutor between the business sector and the European Union institutions. 

In 2015 Sintes was appointed director of the Palma Convention Centre, until the conclusion of the construction work, and, right afterwards, he has founded the company Sintes Barreth, along with architect Hans Barreth, with ain aim to respond to the increasing urban and environmental demands in Mallorca and the Balearic Islands with a sustainable approach.

Lastly, he is also an associate professor on financial economy at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB).