Cella Bar

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 doors were restored, preserving the essential characteristics of the original construction.

The interior was redesigned to accommodate its new functions (restaurant and bar) in compliance with current legal requirements. The new volume is a contemporary creation with a different language. It is an organic and dynamic construction that contrasts with the orthogonal, classical language of the existing building to which it attaches. The design is defined by its plasticity, both in terms of materials and formal aspects, and is distinctly inspired by the natural environment surrounding the site.

Various features of the environment are incorporated into the architecture of the building, including the outline of the island, rocks, whales, as well as references to wine barrels. The new volume acts as a giant sculpture, tailor-made for its location.


FCC Arquitectura

Interior Design:

Paulo Lobo


Revit / Autocad

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Madalena, Pico, Açores, Portugal


Start of project - August 2012
Start of work - September 2013
End of work - May 2015


Basalt - Volcanic rock from the region
Reinforced concrete (structure)
Cryptomeria wood from the region (exterior)
Pine wood (interior)
Roca ceramic


General Contractor – Esfalto Britas
Ironwork – Estraga Ferro
Catering Equipment – Arco Hotel