Raininess and frequend winds, typical for the Azores` microclimate, have influenced the appearance of an unusual house. What is its unique feature? It is an unusual shape and the way the house is adapted to the surrounding conditions, which truly impresses. The house is located at the small town called Ribeira Grande, on São Miguel Island which is included into the Azores archipelago. Bernardo Rodrigues is the architect of this building, which was called Voo dos Pássaros (The Fly Of Birds). Indeed, the bent facades` lines remind of a bird, which has opened its wings while flying. One of the house`s walls significantly dominates the whole construction and is designed to protect it from the wind, blowing from the ocean`s side.
The first floor accommodates a daily zone: a living room, a kitchen, a dining room and courtyard. Glass partitions allow to perceive all premises of the first floor as a unified space as well as to fill it with natural light to the maximum. The staircase leading to the second floor is also made of glass. The second level accommodates bedrooms and children rooms.
Photos by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Bernardo Rodrigues