In the Atlantic island of São Miguel, in the Azores, an old stable from the beginning of the 20th century was converted into two guesthouses where historical and contemporary flavours coexist in balance.
The designers at Mezzo Atelier had the goal 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 were carefully created in the colored façades, as well as adding a smaller building.
New elements, as the exterior stairs, connecting the outdoor terrace, or the use of whitened wood in the interiors, are re-interpretations of the Azorean vernacular architecture, which was important to highlight. The aged pink and ochre tones are the main identity of the area where the building sits, and here used as a tribute to history.
The interiors and custom made furniture were carefully designed in order to create a neutral and peaceful atmosphere, allowing the garden views to be proeminente on the inside spaces. Locally found japanese cedar, pine and acacia was used abundantly for construction and furniture.
Photos: Coutesy of Mezzo Atelier and Fernando Guerra