House along a wall

House along a wall

Architect
fala atelier
Location
Porto, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Private Houses
Ricardo loureiro

The transformation of an old groundfloor flower warehouse into a gleeful abstraction of an apartment

fala atelier as Architects

The program for a former garage of a housing block was kept in limbo: maybe an apartment, a shop, a cafe or an art gallery.

 

A freely curved wall solves the existing spatial inconsistencies and creates one long continuous room connecting the street with the garden. The main living area and a set of potential secondary programs are separated by the wavy white surface and light flows freely through the living gallery.


The old metal gate is replaced with a set of strict hammered glass panels. A circle of black marble, which is a both a door handle and a mailbox, marks the entrance and addresses the city.


The back façade is completely open, defining a composition of isolated elements: a sliding window, a blue concrete freestanding column, a final circle of black marble. The backyard has a seamless perimeter of rough white walls, a terrace and a calm garden.


The materiality of the project is light and abstract. The space is defined through the geometry of the terrazzo floor pattern and a number of carefully placed elements. The white-blue triangulated terrazzo pattern follows the curved wall, allowing the living area to maintain a certain unity and coherence. The flying kitchen counter, three green doors and the circular opening imply possible usages while suggesting also a certain complexity. The garage, that could still work as such, became an uncertain spatial experience.

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