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An archipelago of 10 volcanic isles, Cape Verde sits at the confluence of Africa, Europe and South America. It’s here, at the edge of continents, that architects Eloisa Ramos (a native of Santo Antão, in the northern part of the chain) and Moreno Castellano (who hails from Sardinia in Italy) create their distinctive work. From a museum clad in reclaimed oil drums to a hotel incorporating recycled metal cans, adaptation has become a hallmark if not a necessity of their practice as it negotiates a scarcity of resources while consciously employing its work as an economic generator that supports local industries.

Since establishing RamosCastellano Arquitectos 15 years ago, the duo has developed a distinct handling of space and...

Q&A: RamosCastellano Arquitectos on the Social Element of Architecture

From their base in a remote chain of mid-Atlantic islands, Cape Verde’s Eloisa Ramos and Moreno Castellano create joyful, sensitive buildings as supportive of people as they are reflective of place.

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