This Pico Island Home Perfectly Blends Old and Modern Elements

By: Alyson Wyers - Feb 3, 2015
References: sami-arquitectos & fastcodesign
Located on a volcanic island in the Portuguese Azores, this Pico Island home integrates modern architecture with rocky ruins. Designed by InĂªs Vieira da Silva and Miguel Vieiera of SAMI Arquitectos, the cozy vacation house was under development for a decade. Previously a living space where animals lived below, the E/C House is now a two story structure for a Coimbra-based couple.

The Pico Island home has dark gray basalt stone walls with white and gray interiors. Featuring a gabled roof, the house also has floor to ceiling windows in the living room and four bedrooms where the walls are lined with timber and built-in shelves. Some of the openings line up with the former ruins, "creating new frames and relations with the original limits of the house."