The building is the result of a regenerative transformation and expansion of a small pre-existing structure that had been abandoned for many years.
FCC – Cella bar: CELLABAR – wine and food – FCC ARQUITECTURA + PAULO LOBO
Location: Madalena, Pico, Azores, Portugal
Project starts – August 2012
Starts of works – September 2013
End of the works – May 2015
Construction area – 407m²
Useful area – 322m²
Architecture – FCC Arquitectura
Interior design – Paulo Lobo
Photo credits: FG+SG
Basalt – volcanic rock of the region
Wood cryptomeria the region (exterior)
Pine riga (interior)
general contractor – Esfalto Britas
locksmithing – Estraga Ferro
catering equipment – Arco Hotel
The walls, roof and door frames have been restored, preserving the essential features of the original construction. The interiors were redesigned, shaped to their new roles (e.g. restaurant), and made compatible with current legal requirements.
The new volume is a contemporary creation, exposed to a completely different language. It is an organic, dynamic construction that contrasts with the orthogonal, classical language of the building where it is embedded. The design is defined by great plasticity, both in terms of forms and materials, and is markedly inspired by the natural environment around the site.
Several features of that environment are present in the architecture of the building, including the outline of the island, rocks, whales and wine casks. The new volume acts like a giant sculpture, tailored for its location.