Anyone who looks at the pink façade would never have guessed that a stable once ran here. The closed and dark building gave way to a guesthouse full of light – the transformation was such that those who see it from the outside do not even realize that we are actually talking about two houses, embedded in each other.
On one side is the main villa, with a first floor in open space where the wooden beams of the ceiling and the kitchen with yellow walls jump, on the other a studio of 30 square meters, fully equipped and with the right to terrace.
Located on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, Pink House opened in the summer of 2017 after a deep intervention by Mezzo Atelier, the architectural office of Giacomo Mezzadri and Joana Garcia de Oliveira, owner of the space. It was Joana’s parents who inherited the 1.6 hectare plot and they are the ones who deal with the day-to-day guesthouses in detail. Every morning, for example, it is the mother who prepares the breakfast baskets, left at the door of each house, so as not to disturb the guests. In addition to fresh and local products, ranging from Azores cheeses to farm fruits, the basket always includes a flower caught right there in the gardens.
Whether the studio accommodates a couple alone or with a child, the mother house is for a larger group, with two bedrooms so large that the owners even play and say they are “two and a half”. In both cases, guests have direct access to the property. It is worth strolling through the various farms, named after the cultivated fruit trees, and enjoy the outdoor area where the greenhouse once operated and which is now prepared to light fires on the ground, outdoors.