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house in fontaínhas . porto

Fala . house in fontaínhas . porto afasia (1)

Fala Atelier . photos: © ricardo loureiro

The project is structured within overlapping antagonistic spatial structures.

The ground floor is conceived as one uninterrupted space defined by a free curved wall. It is a volatile room with only one corner and two continuous white surfaces opening up to the vivid garden. Its inner elevations are carefully calculated. Conversely, the first floor is a composition of intricate rooms and rhythmic collisions of different geometries, a sequence of irregular spaces. The complexity is introduced to accommodate all the necessary programs, adapting to the narrow perimeter of the site. A set of equally distanced wooden beams supporting the roof causes inconvenient intersections. Continue reading Fala

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folly for sun and sound . brussels

fala . folly for sun and sound . brussels afasia (5)

fala atelier . photos: © fala

The structure doesn’t exactly decide between being a stage, a room or a plaza. It is made of a series of plateaux and four façades with distinct characters. The overall volume recalls the nearby barracks but its language is nothing military.

Essentially made of local wood, a careful use of paint clarifies the reading of the architectural elements. The coherence of the project is proudly loose and open to interpretation. Green and white plywood tiles become feathers towards the outside, horizontal stripes on the inside. A metal roof welcomes guests in, protects the stage, and provides support for two disco balls. One of the short façades looks like a rising moon, the other one recalls a white cat lying in the sun. Continue reading fala

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small house with a monumental shower . amarante

afasia Fala Atelier . small house with a monumental shower . amarante (2)

Fala Atelier . photos: © ricardo loureiro

Conceiving a house within a very old and small granite shack, with a slightly distorted plan and a prominent sloped roof, at the edge of a beautiful garden.

Each level is a single space with a delicate spiral staircase connecting both floors. The living area occupies the ground floor, relating to the surrounding gardens; the bedroom fits under the sloped roof, facing the views. Continue reading Fala

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apartment on a mint floor . porto

afasia Fala Atelier . apartment on a mint floor . porto (1)

Fala Atelier . photos: © ricardo loureiro

Located on the piano nobile of a modernist housing block, the apartment faced a reclaimed terrace; the interiors were reconfigured with little empathy towards the original plan.

A convoluted main space, on the edge of fragmentation, spans from façade to façade. It incorporates a living and dining area, an almost-separated kitchen and the possibility of an additional bedroom. The main bedroom and both bathrooms are concealed behind a simple circular wall. The amount of walls is kept to a minimum, their layout is strategic. Continue reading Fala