Mezzo Atelier was commissioned to design a house for a family in the country side of São Miguel’s island in the Azores. The site, surrounded by dark walls of lava stone, presents a smooth slope and an area of low density forest with a private street in between which ends on a pink house with a pitch roof.
The new house’s design was strongly affected by its rural context and vernacular constructions and clearly expresses the client wishes: simple, practical and very comfortable.
Developed in one floor level and under a pitched roof, resembling the local pineapple green houses, the rectangular plan is divided in three segments: night area with two bedrooms and bathroom facing east; central space with the main entrance and living room ending in an open patio framing the landscape; and facing west are the dining room, the kitchen and laundry room, all open to a covered terrace where outdoor meals can be enjoyed.
The house’s insertion on the site follows its natural inclination: the entrance, at the same level as the ground, defines the slab’s quota; but the terrain falls towards west, and the lava stone plinth reveals itself, bringing the terrace upwards and creating a useful ventilated air chamber underneath.
The use of local materials like lava stone and cryptomeria are crucial to create a symbiosis between the new construction and its surrounding.
PROJECT: CASA FRANCO
LOCATION: SAO MIGUEL ISLAND, AZORES ( PT)