The building is the result of a regenerative transformation and expansion of a small pre-existing structure that had been abandoned for many years. 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.

Construction area: 407,00m2.

Useful area: 322,00m2.

Location: Madalena, Pico, Açores, Portugal


Starts of works – September 2013

End of the works – May 2015

Project starts – August 2012


Architecture – FCC ArquitecturaInterior design – Paulo Lobo

Software: Revit / Autocad

Photo credits: FG+SG


Basalt – volcanic rock of the region

Concrete (structure)

Wood cryptomeria the region (exterior)

Pine riga (interior)

Ceramic roca


General Contractor – Esfalto Britas

Locksmithing – Estraga Ferro

Catering Equipment – Arco Hotel