FCC Arquitectura, along with interior designer Paulo Lobo, have designed the Cella Bar, in Madalena, Portugal.
“The building is the outcome of a regenerative transformation and development 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 renovated, maintaining the basic features of the original construction. The interiors were redesigned, formed to their new roles, and made compatible with current legal requirements. The new annex is a contemporary creation, exposed to an entirely different language. It is an organic, dynamic construction that contrasts with the orthogonal, classical style of the building where it embedded. The design defined by high plasticity, both regarding forms and materials, and is particularly inspired by the natural environment around the site. Some highlights 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.”