bernardo rodrigues arquitecto: house on the flight of birds bernardo rodrigues arquitecto: house on the flight of birds
may 25, 2011

bernardo rodrigues arquitecto: house on the flight of birds

‘house on the flight of birds’ by bernardo rodrigues arquitecto, st. michael island, the azores, portugal image © iwan baan

portuguese studio bernardo rodrigues arquitecto has completed ‘house on the flight of birds’, a single family home on st. michael island in the azores, portugal. informed by the landscape and the prevalent high winds and rain, the design looks to establish a strategy that allows the family to remain connected and exposed to the outdoors regardless of the conditions.

with photography taken by iwan baan, a series of stacked and intersecting volumes are linked by a dominant contoured form, which appears to cut directly through the home. developing a collection of variously sized sheltered terraces and an undulating roof top patio, the contrasting expression along with a dominant red wall, both defines the overall aesthetic and the organization of space.

side elevation image © iwan baan

on the main floor a progression of courtyards and corridors, housed within a receding body of glass, develops an experiential environment that is open and responsive to the surrounding environment. contoured ceilings and changes in elevation define the interior volumes, which range in spatiality and intimacy depending on their function.

staircase and sheltered terrace image © iwan baan

upstairs, the bedrooms are more enclosed and protected, contained within solid cubes that selectively open onto the landscape. on the roof, a tiered and curving platform crowns the structure and provides unobstructed views of the island’s north shore.

a bold red wall and undulating volume define the overall structure image © iwan baan

front elevation image © iwan baan

interior image © iwan baan

internal courtyard image © iwan baan

kitchen image © iwan baan

living room image © iwan baan

stairway and integrated courtyard image © iwan baan

access to rooftop terrace image © iwan baan

rooftop image © iwan baan

contours of rooftop image © iwan baan

rooftop terrace image © iwan baan

an opening at the end of the terrace frames the landscape image © iwan baan

overall view image © iwan baan

entrance image © iwan baan

view from across view image © iwan baan floor plan / level 0a image courtesy of bernardo rodrigues arquitecto

floor plan / level 0b image courtesy of bernardo rodrigues arquitecto

floor plan / level 1 image courtesy of bernardo rodrigues arquitecto

floor plan / level 2 image courtesy of bernardo rodrigues arquitecto

section image courtesy of bernardo rodrigues arquitecto

section image courtesy of bernardo rodrigues arquitecto


  • nicely executed – can’t help but think that Corb is smiling

    dbkii says:
  • yuk

    me says:
  • Corbu would never do this.

    Adam says:
  • Great spaces!

    tom says:
  • Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué ?

    It makes me think about a 60′ movie by Jacques Tati : ” Mon oncle “.

    iBouc says:
  • Beautiful in some ways and looks fun to live in. I’d add a small subsurface tornado room, though.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • man these interior photos are really interesting almost surreal

    ifok says:
  • Does anyone think that it’s architecture??

    teo says:
  • teo .Why not?

    gaston says:
  • Unbelievable! I like it so much. What amazing and surprising piece of architecture!

    Ricky says:
  • OMG! this is horrendous…
    another beautiful landscape destroyed!

    Thorsten Shulz says:
  • Fun, interesting. Wonder how it lives. And how the wind interacts with it.

    dutch says:
  • He has taken the charm of curve line …

    Moniruzzaman Mondal says:
  • great!

    r says:

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