An impressive bar built in Madalena, Portugal

The building is the result of a regenerative transformation and expansion.

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

Bars are common elements, found in most large and medium sized cities across the world.

They are a place where people can go to unwind, spend some quality time with their friends and have fun.

Their design rarely matters if the bar is able to offer good drinks and a pleasant atmosphere.


However, from time to time, an architect comes with an outstanding idea for a bar design.

This can be said about the Cella Bar, an impressive bar built in Madalena, Portugal.


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

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

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


The new extension is a contemporary creation, exposed to a completely different language. It is an organic, dynamic construction that contrasts with the orthogonal, classical language of the building where it is embedded.

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.

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

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

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