Historic stable in the Azores transformed into a pink house

An old stable from the beginning of the 20th century was converted into a pink house through a vibrant facade. Giacomo Mezzadri and Joana Oliveira of Italian firm Mezzo Atelier were tasked with transforming these old stables. Convert them into two guesthouses where history and contemporaneity coexist in balance on the Atlantic island of São Miguel, in the Azores.

 

Their response was to make new openings in the walls, and paint the gabled facades pink to blend with the other traditional buildings in the area.

 

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The design’s main goal was to keep the construction’s character, lines, and its rural atmosphere while adapting the enclosed structure to a completely new typology and contemporary regulations. New openings where carefully shredded in the coloured façades, as well as on the stone wall and a new volume was added to the main construction, allowing for a second, smaller house to appear integrated into the whole.

 

The design’s main goal in this contemporary pink house was to keep its rural atmosphere while adapting it to the current regulations.

 

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The two guest houses are designed as well-connected and complementary spaces. The ground floor is characterized by several openings to exterior spaces, and reaches out to its different heights. At mid-level, private suites and a service area provide an intimate space.

 

The upper floor features 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 full height. A terrace has been placed on the roof of the smaller ground floor house which can be accessed from the ochre kitchen.

 

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The new elements are re-interpretations of the Azorean vernacular architecture, which was important to dignify. As illustrated by the use of whitened wood in the interiors and the aged pink and ochre tones. The aged pink and ochre tones are the main identity of the area where the building sits. The ochre was traditionally used to frame windows and doors, at Pink House it was used instead on the bedrooms interior shades and kitchen, adding a new kind of relation between inside and outside views.

 

The interiors and custom made furniture were carefully designed in order to create a neutral and peaceful atmosphere, allowing the garden views to be prominent on the inside spaces. Local cryptomeria wood ( Japanese cedar) was used abundantly for construction and furniture and old wooden beams of pine and acacia, found on site were converted into custom-made tables.

 

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Photographies from Fernando Guerra and Rui Soares

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