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Fala #050 "very tiny palazzo" by Fala Atelier in Porto, Portugal

Updated On : 28 Sep 2022
A tiny palace in a narrow garden.

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 spans 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 is 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

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:
Client: Private
Construction: jst lda

Photography: Ivo Tavares Studio