Sami Arquitectos turn a ruin into a cozy holiday home


A ruin was the starting point for the design of this holiday house on the island of Pico for Sami Arquitectos. The project developed from the wish to maintain the ruin while the architects thought of a house that would turn the old building into a unique and cozy home. A house that could fit to it while offering diverse and complex possibilities of living.

Since the building is approached at the level of the covering, because of the slope of the land, the architects designed all the covering of the project as if they were decks, allowing to be used as sitting places or for contemplation. The house inside the stone walls was designed with generous openings, for light to come in and to enjoy the surrounding landscape. These openings are sometimes lined up, and sometimes not, with the former openings of the ruin, creating new frames and relations with the original limits of the house.

All images © Paulo Catrica

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