Fala Atelier converted a ground floor shop and its basement into an apartment with a garden, from which the new house would become the plinth to a cheerless 1960’s housing block.

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Both levels are conceived as a main room spanning between the two façades.

The longitudinal spaces are defined by a straight white wall on one side, and a composite wall on the opposite (comprising three massive plywood doors to the secondary programs). While the walls play their own formal game, the position of the doors and the finishes remain the same on both levels.

The inner logic also dictates the façade on the garden side, which acts as if the house was only one very tall level. In fact, both levels have floor to ceiling glass openings towards the outside, thanks to a new staircase dug in front of the garden. As the load-bearing structure of the building goes through the project, its visual presence is challenged by claddings of marble and mirrors.

The glorious stone pattern extends outside as a black and white striped frieze marking the perimeter of the garden, a grand horizontal window framing the context.

Facts & Credits
Project title  Uneven house
Location  Porto, Portugal
Surface area  180m2
Date  2018-19
Status  Private commission, built
Project team  Fala Atelier | Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Costanza Favero, Lera Samovich, Paulo Sousa
Landscape architect  Pomo
Contractor  Civiflanco lda
Photography  Ricardo Loureiro

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