crown with precious stones tops fala atelier’s tiny palazzo in portugal


Fala Atelier builds ‘a very tiny palazzo’ in Porto, Portugal

 

Drawing inspiration from Henri Rousseau’s painting ‘The Dream,’ which can be viewed in the MoMA, Portuguese architecture studio Fala Atelier presents ‘A very tiny palazzo’. Set in a small yet lush garden in Porto, Portugal, the 40 sqm residential extension adopts a transparent appearance and is proudly topped by a crown adorned with precious stones.

'crown adorned with precious stones' tops fala atelier's transparent tiny palazzo in portugal
the tiny palazzo emerges from a small yet lush garden in Porto

all images courtesy of Ivo Tavares, unless stated otherwise

 

 

focusing on spatial richness, quality, and complexity

 

Fala Atelier’s small extension appears to emerge from a lush garden, like in Rousseau’s painting, which depicts a jungle full of exotic flora and wild animals, inspired by the artist’s visits to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. The Portuguese architectural practice focuses on spatial richness, paying particular attention to the materiality, and the treatment of surfaces and furniture, ensuring that the result is perceived with the same quality and complexity that characterizes a large building, despite its small size.

 

The tiny palace is mostly transparent, with extensive glazing covering the entirety of the structure. Meanwhile, its crown, decorated with precious stones and covering the outer walls, stands proudly on top. The interior is both modest and rich, somewhat recessed to highlight the presence of the surrounding flora. The room is finished with a spacious closet serving as a secret hiding place for all of the equipment, and thus adding to the intricacy of the design. 

'crown adorned with precious stones' tops fala atelier's transparent tiny palazzo in portugal
the palazzo adopts a transparent appearance and is proudly topped by a crown adorned with precious stones

 

 

A simple step divides the interior into two areas with discreet yet noticeable differences. ‘In a Loos-like manner, two representative areas are defined by the different floors, with different degrees of intimacy.’ the team at Atelier Fala explains.

 

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.’ the architects add. 

'crown adorned with precious stones' tops fala atelier's transparent tiny palazzo in portugal
the design concept draws from Rousseau’s painting, which depicts a jungle full of exotic flora and wild animals

'crown adorned with precious stones' tops fala atelier's transparent tiny palazzo in portugal
the tiny palace is mostly transparent, with extensive glazing covering the entirety of the structure

'crown adorned with precious stones' tops fala atelier's transparent tiny palazzo in portugal
Fala focuses on spatial richness, paying particular attention to the materiality, and the treatment of surfaces and furniture

'crown adorned with precious stones' tops fala atelier's transparent tiny palazzo in portugal
the space is completed with a spacious closet concealing the equipment of the interior

 

 

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image courtesy of Fala Atelier

image courtesy of Fala Atelier

image courtesy of Fala Atelier

image courtesy of Fala Atelier

Henri Rousseau's 'The Dream' - image courtesy of MoMa

Henri Rousseau’s ‘The Dream’ – image courtesy of MoMa

project info: 

 

name: A Very Tiny Palazzo – 050
architects: Fala Atelier | @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

location: Porto, Portugal
surface area: 40 sqm

photography: Ivo Tavares | @ivotavaresstudio

myrto katsikopoulou I designboom

sep 13, 2022





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