House Along a Wall / fala

House Along a Wall / fala
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  • Project Team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Costanza Favero, Ana Lima, Lera Samovich, Joana Sendas, Paulo Sousa
  • City: Porto
  • Country: Portugal
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House Along a Wall / fala - Facade, Windows
© Ricardo Loureiro

Text description provided by the 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.

House Along a Wall / fala - Image 3 of 8
© Ricardo Loureiro

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.

House Along a Wall / fala - Table, Windows
© Ricardo Loureiro

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.

House Along a Wall / fala - Windows, Facade
© Ricardo Loureiro

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.

House Along a Wall / fala - Bathroom, Toilet, Shower
© Ricardo Loureiro

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Address:Porto, Portugal

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Cite: "House Along a Wall / fala" 02 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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