On the island of San Miguel in Portugal's Azores archipelago, a vibrant home wraps around a massive linden tree.
The volume on the northeastern side of the plot is positioned parallel to the property’s stone wall border, while the volume to the southeast is bent at an angle, and set some distance away from the wall.
The two parts are connected by a wide, open-air, stone-paved corridor with a saltbox roof shelter.
Following a linear arrangement, the two volumes create a reverse Z-formation, with the large, leafy tree nestled in the corner where the two volumes meet.
The wooden framed living room, which is located in the southern volume, is fully glazed on two sides, and fitted with four generous skylight windows to flood the interiors with light.
On the eastern side, the living room opens out to the yard where the tree sits, and to the west, it looks out to coast.
The broad skylights not only draw in the wonderful Azores sunshine, but also frame the majestic, parasol-like crown of the linden tree. The highly transparent space almost seems to bring the tree into the house.
The walls are painted the same color as the tin roof finishing, which is made from local Japanese cedar wood, a tree used to forest the island in the early 20th century and now well integrated as part of the Azorean landscape.
Architecture: Pedro Maurício Borges
Structural engineering: José Maria Cymbron
Hydraulic facilities: José Maria Cymbron, Rodrigo Cymbro
Gas installations: António Manuel Brandão da Luz
Air Conditioning: Francisco Laia Gonçalves
Electrical and telecommunications installations, and fire safety: Marco Ávila