Located in a narrow garden in Porto, Fala Atelier designed a tiny transparent palace with a crown, adorned with precious stones, and a simple yet rich interior space, partially sunken, with different degrees of intimacy.

-text by the architects

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.


Facts & Credits
Project title  Tiny Palazzo
Typology  Residential, Architecture
Location  Porto, Portugal
Dates  2018-21
Surface area  40m2
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
Construction  jst lda
Photography  Ivo Tavares Studio

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