The Big Horn / Mezzo Atelier

The big horn / mezzo atelier
© Milton Pereira

Project Details:
Location: Ponta Delgada, São Miguel – Azores, Portugal
Type: Cultural
Area: 125m2
Production: Mezzo Atelier With Walk&Talk Azores
Workshop Participants: Carolina Costa, Emanuel Gomes, Joana Cordeiro, João Arruda
Photos By: Rui Soares, Sara Pinheiro And Milton Pereira

“The Big Horn” by Mezzo Atelier is a temporary installation for the headquarters of the 5th edition of the Public Art Festival Walk&Talk Azores. The project was developed in residency for the festival and our proposal was to redefine the festival’s main space, which every year, for two weeks, holds the most different kind of events and became the hotspot for artists and locals.

The big horn / mezzo atelier

The existing space, which connects the street and the galleries inside the “occupied” building, showed a deficient circulation as the main access was made trough a small door in a upper level. The intervention took advantage on the situation and transformed the problem into a potential, expanding the “shy” door into the lateral walls and creating a ramp that smoothly makes the transition between the two floor levels and makes it accessible to everyone.

The big horn / mezzo atelier

This practical and strong gesture has created a space, which resembles with a horn, as it opens up in length and height and metaphorically calls people to walk in and visit the exhibitions and workshops inside. Completely built with local wood, named cryptomeria, the structure is closed on one side and starts to open on the other trough a slatted wood panel.

The big horn / mezzo atelier

But the “The Big Horn” is not only a portal into an art hub, in fact, the temporary installation, unveils a dynamic program, which demands for a flexible space. With an intense use of almost 24 hours a day for two weeks, the installation holds a bar with a service area, a pop up store, a stage for talks, concerts and DJ sets. The long ramp transforms into a layback auditorium during presentations and the perfect spot for “welcome” pictures in front of the hand-made “walk&talk” mural made of strings and nails.

The big horn / mezzo atelier
© Milton Pereira

The creation of site specific furniture was essential for the success of the project: coffee tables, stools and several kinds of chairs where built in wood on site with architectural students which participated on the tree day open residency with Giacomo Mezzadri and Joana Oliveira from Mezzo Atelier. The pieces of furniture where quickly taken in possession by the people and were constantly changing layouts in response of the event’s demands.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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