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The House of the Flight of Birds

Bernardo Rodrigues

Europa | St. Michael Island

The House of the Flight of Birds is the most accurate translation of the Portuguese name of this house on the north shore of St Michael, the principal island of the Azores located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the work of Bernardo Rodrigues, a young architect from Porto who was born and raised on the island not far from the site of the house. Perched on a hill overlooking the ragged north coast, in the midst of square divisions of land, the birdlike figure of the building faces the strong winds coming from the north with a wall, and the spectacular landscape on the west with a large window. It is protected by a double membrane: the outside wall and a glass curtain wall inside. Both give the private dwelling a sense of intimate enclosure while meticulously framing the outside view, inspired, no doubt, by the early works of Le Corbusier: the rectangular opening on the roof...

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