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Cella bar is the union between an old home and a modern, organically-shaped structure. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.

An everyday building has a new life thanks to an unusual, personalized makeover. On Pico Island, part of the Azzorre archipelago, FCC Architecture decided to leave their mark next to a tiny home, abandoned for years. Cella Bar faces directly out to the sea, and is open in the afternoon for an aperitivo, the evening for tapas, and the rest of the night for live music and cocktails. The play between the old structure (the walls, windows and ceilings have been reinforced, but the original structure kept intact) and the new shape creates an unusual architectural language. The organic, plastic structure appears to be an immense wood sculpture. Located just moments from the ocean, Cella Bar is perfect for listening to the sound of the waves crashing onto rocks, and even whale watching!

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The building’s original pavement, ceiling and windows were preserved. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.
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Paulo Lobo designed the interior spaces. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.
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The modern structure’s interior is made of cryptomeria, a particular species of cypress tree. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.
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The inside of the old building was completely restored. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.
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The two very different structures blend together in perfect harmony. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.
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Massive windows shaped like portholes can be opened, permitting the inside to flow outside. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.
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At night, the Cella bar lights up! Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
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Cella Bar serves tapas for dinner in the evening, and often has live music to accompany meals. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.
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A night view shows the two “faces” of Cella Bar. Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.
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The rooftop is the perfect place to take it easy and enjoy the ocean view (you may even get lucky, and spot a whale). Photo, Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.

WHERE Lugar da Barca – Madalena – Pico – Açores – Portogallo

An everyday building has a new life thanks to an unusual, personalized makeover. On Pico Island, part of the Azzorre archipelago, FCC Architecture decided to leave their mark next to a tiny home, abandoned for years. Cella Bar faces directly out to the sea, and is open in the afternoon for an aperitivo, the evening for tapas, and the rest of the night for live music and cocktails. The play between the old structure (the walls, windows and ceilings have been reinforced, but the original structure kept intact) and the new shape creates an unusual architectural language. The organic, plastic structure appears to be an immense wood sculpture. Located just moments from the ocean, Cella Bar is perfect for listening to the sound of the waves crashing onto rocks, and even whale watching!

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The Moodboarders is a glance into the design world, which, in all of its facets, captures the extraordinary even within the routine. It is a measure of the times. It is an antenna sensitive enough to pick-up on budding trends, emerging talents and neglected aesthetics. Instead of essays, we use brief tales to tune into the rhythm of our world. We travelled for a year without stopping, and seeing as the memory of this journey has not faded, we have chosen to edit a printed copy. We eliminated anything episodic, ephemeral or fading, maintaining a variety of articles that flow, without losing the element of surprise, the events caught taking place, and the creations having just bloomed.