- Project Team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Lera Samovich, Ana Lima, Rute Peixoto, Paulo Sousa
- Landscape Design: Oh Land
- Construction: JST, Lda
- City: Porto
- Country: Portugal
Text description provided by the architects. A tiny palace in a narrow garden. The luxuriant environment suggested an ambivalent approach to the architectural object. At the human height, the palace is transparent, but its crown is proud, adorned with precious stones, and spans across the perimeter walls.
The interior is utterly simple while equally rich, partially sunken to emphasize the presence of the surrounding greenery. Thus, in a Loos-like manner, two representative areas are defined by the different floors, with different degrees of intimacy.
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.