The house is located in the north side of S. Michael Island in the Azores. The microclimate of this farmland offers frequent wind and showers so the first design strategy was to block with a wall those winds, offer diverse patios and covered courtyards on the groundfloor protected from rain and open all living space to the natural green around by glass walls receded from the experior.

House on the Flight of Birds, Rabo de Peixe, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Azores
Bernardo Rodrigues
Preliminary Study: James Grainger, Pedro Mosca, Natacha Viveiros: Execution: Nelson Ferreira, Ye Xuanyong, Vasco Melo, Laura von Dellemann, Alexandra Balona; Work: Adriana Massague, Rita Breda, Ana Soares, Jessica Silva, Sofia Cordeiro, Raquel Fernandes Elena Archipovait Marcello Zahr
Ana Carneiro, Patricia Franco, Andrea Trevisan
Structural Calculation
HDP, engineering Ltd – Eng. Paulo Fidalgo
Paulo de Faria Queiros Ltd, Maria Odete de Almeida
Mr. Gomes
Surveillance work
Mr. Pedro Sacramento and Carlos Tavares
2002 – 2010

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On the upper-floor there’s the private rooms more enclosed and protected.
The tipology follows almost classical palladian and scamozzi central plan design with double height on living room and then two lateral wings enclosing one the kitchen, also quotes the high chimneys from popular residential architecture and a covered interior patio, and the other wing has the circulations for the first floor and to the roof terrace. These two wings end in light entrances from the south. The roof offers possibilities of flight of views over all the island north shore.

“Matter tells space how to bend; space tells matter how to move
Albert Einstein

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A momentary and fleeting glance, as a childhood memory that arises unexpectedly. The sun in the south, the wind and the cold at north, the fate of the planet.
I speak of dreams about buildings of De La Sota and sculptures of Brancusi, paradoxical, I know … do not know them …
I remember a peasant who, every day after work the land and treat the crops, lies down and dreams of the sea and all the fish (churn).


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