Location: Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Portugal
Typology: Guest house, hospitality
Surface: 250 m2
Architects : Mezzo Atelier Joana Oliveira , Giacomo Mezzadri
Renderings: Gabriel Ranieri and Rodrigo Tamburus
In the Atlantic island of São Miguel, in Azores, an old stable was converted into two guest houses. The clients are a couple determined to share the beauty and costumes of their native island with the people they’ll receive at Pink House. Together we have developed a program that would fit the demands and expectations of those who travel to the Azorean islands looking to discover it’s nature, culture and people, while being comfortably accommodated in a rural atmosphere, instead of a generic hotel.
The design’s main goal was to keep the construction’s character and it’s rural atmosphere, while adapting it’s structure to a completely new typology and contemporary regulations. New openings where carefully shredded in the façades and a new volume was added to the main construction, allowing for a second, smaller house to appear integrated in the whole.
The bigger house develops in two levels. The ground floor is opened to the surrounding exterior spaces and reaches out to it’s different heights, creating a semi-level floor where an open social space gives access to the private suites and service area. The upper floor contains the social spaces and it was designed as a free plan so it could be taken advantage of the roof’s structure and it’s height. From the kitchen there’s access to an open terrace situated on top of the smaller ground floor house.
New elements have been integrated like the exterior stairs, the pit fire area or the use of whitened wood in the interiors are re-interpretations of the traditional architecture in the Azores, witch we wanted to dignify with this project. Keeping it’s original colors, pink and ocher, was also an important issue to maintain its integration within the context, as all the buildings in the street, kept in the same family for generations, still have them.
All images courtesy of Mezzo Atelier
Giacomo Mezzadri and Joana Oliveira are Mezzo Atelier, a young Italian/Portuguese practice working both as a studio and as a practical laboratory. The two architects, with different professional backgrounds, run a multidisciplinary atelier developing architectural projects, installations, interiors and self produced objects and furniture. Inspired by Bauhaus’ concept of global art, their goal is to design spaces and objects as a hole, achieving a complete customization for each project and clients. The control of each step of the design process is fundamental, working from the concept until the production and realization of the pieces on their workshop, whenever the project’s scale makes it possible. This approach to the design practice makes it possible to depend less on third parties and develop hand-made and unique pieces. Mezzo Atelier has been invited to tutor self-construction workshops in Milan, Lisbon and Azores. After having worked in the Netherlands and Brazil they have set base in Italy from where they develop projects for other countries like Portugal and the Netherlands. Giacomo Mezzadri I 1980 Italy Giacomo is multidisciplinary designer whose infinite curiosity makes him cross the borders between architecture, art and design. Having finished his architecture studies at Politecnico di Milano, he then decided to explore other scales along with the Dutch art collective Atelier van Lieshout, based in Rotterdam. There he worked for 3 years, developing objects, sculptures, art installations or exhibitions, from conception phase until the actual execution of each piece. In 2011 he works in São Paulo and completes a post-graduation course in Escola da Cidade. Joana Oliveira I 1983 Portugal Joana drew her architectural path along the globe for some years now. Living until she was 18 years old in São Miguel Island in the Azores, she then moved to Lisbon to study Architecture. Her last year of studies was at the Bauhaus University of Weimar in Germany and soon after she started a period of four years of work in Rotterdam, where she collaborated with STAR – Strategies + Architecture, de ZwarteHond andHappelCornelisse. Later, in 2011 she searched for a new challenge and moved to São Paulo in Brazil, where she worked at Studio Arthur Casas until the end of 2013. There she also enrolled a post-graduation course in Escola da Cidade about Architecture and Urban Planning in the American continent. In 2014, Joana collaborated as copy writer for the portuguese representation at the Architecture Venice Biennale, the news paper, Homeland – News from Portugal, curated by Architect Pedro Campos Costa.
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