A sculptural wood extension was added to an abandoned building to create this new bar in Portugal

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

 

FCC Arquitectura, together with interior designer Paulo Lobo, have designed the Cella Bar, in Madalena, Portugal.

 

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

The designer’s description

The building is the result of a regenerative transformation and expansion of a small pre-existing structure that had been abandoned for many years.

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

The walls, roof and door frames of the original building, have been restored, preserving the essential features of the original construction.

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

The interiors were redesigned, shaped to their new roles (e.g. restaurant), and made compatible with current legal requirements.

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

The new extension is a contemporary creation, exposed to a completely different language.

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

It is an organic, dynamic construction that contrasts with the orthogonal, classical language of the building where it is embedded.

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

The design is defined by great plasticity, both in terms of forms and materials, and is markedly inspired by the natural environment around the site.

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Several features of that environment are present in the architecture of the building, including the outline of the island, rocks, whales and wine casks.

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

The new volume acts like a giant sculpture, tailored for its location.

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

Cella Bar by FCC Arquitectura and interior designer Paulo Lobo

Photography by FG+SG

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