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Lava Homes, Pico Island, the Azores
On the most dramatically rugged island in the volcanic Azores archipelago, Lava Homes is a surprisingly sophisticated collection of 14 contemporary houses spread out down a steep hill. The project started as the owner’s personal vacation home on Pico, along what was initially meant to be another house or two that she could rent on Airbnb. But the government would only approve the deal if she made a resort. In short order she got ten friends to invest in the project, and Lava Homes was born, but it still has the feel of being welcomed into the home of a friend with very good taste. The houses have a beguiling mix of farmhouse, contemporary and traditional furnishings, not to mention excellent views at every turn.