Unique ‘Cella Bar’ in Portugal

FCC Arquitectura, together with interior designer Paulo Lobo, have designed the Cella Bar, in Madalena, Portugal. “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 of the original building, 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 extension 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.”

Tree Snake Houses in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park

In the heart of the Pedras Salgadas Park in Portugal, Luís and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade of Rebelo de Andrade Studio have created these interesting looking Tree Snake Houses. The tree houses aren’t build among the branches of a high tree, but instead are found between the tree trunks, and are raised on stilts. The structures truly blend into their surroundings thanks to natural coverings in slate and wood, and windows have been placed especially to admire the life of the park and also the stars. Considering their somewhat strange appearance, the tree houses actually blend amazingly well into the nature around them, and the architects also considered sustainability and environmental impact, adding reinforced insulation, low energy lighting, and solar panels. Inside, decoration is minimal, and the compact tree houses feature one bathroom, a small kitchen, double bed and sofa. A truly unique accommodation option for visitors to Portugal.