050 - very tiny palazzo | fala atelier

Porto / Portugal / 2021

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A tiny palace in a narrow garden. The luxuriant environment suggested an ambivalent approach to the architectural object. At human height, the palace is transparent, but its crown is proud, adorned with precious stones, and spanning across the perimeter walls.


The interior is utterly simple while equally rich, partially sunken to emphasise the presence of the surrounding greenery. Thus, in a Loos-like manner, two representative areas are defined by the different floors, with different degrees of intimacy. The only walls are the longitudinal sides of the space, in continuity with the perimeters of the garden. The bathroom and storage room are hidden behind a unitary cabinet of lacquered wood, whose scale deliberately sits somewhere between architecture and furniture. A palace shouldn’t be too simple after all.


location: porto, portugal


dates: 2018-21
status: private commission; built
Architecture team: Fala Atelier

project team: filipe magalhães
ana luisa soares
ahmed belkhodja
lera samovich
ana lima
rute peixoto
paulo sousa
landscape architect: oh land


surface area: 40m2
client: private
construction: jst lda
photography: Ivo Tavares Studio



[PT]
Um pequeno palácio num jardim longo e estreito. O ambiente exuberante sugeria uma abordagem ambivalente ao objeto arquitetónico. Na escala humana, o palácio é transparente, mas o seu coroamento é orgulhoso, adornado com pedras preciosas, estendendo-se pelas paredes perimetrais.


O interior é simples mas ao mesmo tempo igualmente rico, parcialmente enterrado para enfatizar a presença do verde que o circunda. Assim, talvez inspiradas em Loos, as duas áreas representativas são definidas pelos diferentes níveis, com diferentes graus de intimidade e exposição. As únicas paredes são as laterais do espaço, em continuidade com o perímetro do jardim. Um pequeno espaço secundário esconde-se atrás de um armário em madeira lacada, cuja escala se situa deliberadamente entre a arquitetura e o mobiliário. No final, um palácio não deve ser assim tão simples.

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    A tiny palace in a narrow garden. The luxuriant environment suggested an ambivalent approach to the architectural object. At human height, the palace is transparent, but its crown is proud, adorned with precious stones, and spanning across the perimeter walls. The interior is utterly simple while equally rich, partially sunken to emphasise the presence of the surrounding greenery. Thus, in a Loos-like manner, two representative areas are defined by the different floors, with different degrees...

    Project details
    • Year 2021
    • Work finished in 2021
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Interior Design / Leisure Centres
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