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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House on the Flight of Birds in Ribeira Grande, Portugal by Bernardo Rodrigues

June 5th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bernardo Rodrigues

House on the flight of birds.

The house is located in the north side of S. Michael Island in the Azores. The microclimate of this farmland offers frequent wind and showers so the first design strategy was to block with a wall those winds, offer diverse patios and covered courtyards on the groundfloor protected from rain and open all living space to the natural green around by glass walls receded from the experior. On the upper-floor there’s the private rooms more enclosed and protected.

Night View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

  • Architect: Bernardo Rodrigues
  • Name of Project: House on the Flight of Birds
  • Location: Ribeira Grande, Portugal
  • Preliminary Study: James Grainger, Pedro Mosca, Natacha Viveiros: Execution: Nelson Ferreira, Ye Xuanyong, Vasco Melo, Laura von Dellemann, Alexandra Balona; Work: Adriana Massague, Rita Breda, Ana Soares, Jessica Silva, Sofia Cordeiro, Raquel Fernandes Elena Archipovait Marcello Zahr
  • Secretariat: Ana Carneiro, Patricia Franco, Andrea Trevisan
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

Front View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

  • Structural Calculation: HDP, engineering Ltd – Eng. Paulo Fidalgo
  • Mechanics: Paulo de Faria Queiros Ltd, Maria Odete de Almeida
  • Electricity: Mr. Gomes
  • Surveillance work: Mr. Pedro Sacramento and Carlos Tavares
  • Date: 2002 – 2010

Night View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

The tipology follows almost classical palladian and scamozzi central plan design with double height on living room and then two lateral wings enclosing one the kitchen, also quotes the high chimneys from popular residential architecture and a covered interior patio, and the other wing has the circulations for the first floor and to the roof terrace. These two wings end in light entrances from the south. The roof offers possibilities of flight of views over all the island north shore.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

The House of the Flight of Birds –  Azores

“Matter tells space how to bend; space tells matter how to move” – Albert Einstein

A momentary and fleeting glance, as a childhood memory that arises unexpectedly. The sun in the south, the wind and the cold at north, the fate of the planet. I speak of dreams about buildings of De La Sota and sculptures of Brancusi, paradoxical, I know … do not know them …

I remember a peasant who, every day after work the land and treat the crops, lies down and dreams of the sea and all the fish (churn).


House on the Flight of Birds (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

House on the Flight of Birds (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Iwan Baan)

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