the crown with the precious stones completes the tiny palace of the fala workshop in Portugal

Fala Atelier builds “a very small palace” in Porto, Portugal

Inspired by the painting “Le Rêve” by Henri Rousseau, which can be seen in the MoMA, Portuguese Architecture Workshop Fala Atelier presents ‘A very small palace’. Located in a small lush garden in Porto, Portugalthe 40 m² Residential the extension adopts a transparent appearance and is proudly surmounted by a crown adorned with precious stones.

the small palace emerges from a small but lush garden in Porto

all images courtesy of Ivo Tavares, unless otherwise stated

focus on spatial richness, quality and complexity

Fala Atelier’s small extension seems to emerge from a lush garden, as 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 emphasizes spatial richness, paying particular attention to the materiality and treatment of surfaces and furnishings, ensuring that the result is perceived with the same quality and complexity that characterizes a large building, despite its small size cut.

The small palace is mostly transparent, with extensive glazing covering the entire structure. Meanwhile, her crown, adorned with precious stones and covering the exterior walls, stands proudly at the top. The interior is both modest and rich, set back somewhat to emphasize the presence of the surrounding flora. The room is finished with a spacious cupboard serving as a secret hiding place for all the equipment, thus adding to the complexity of the design.

'crown adorned with precious stones' complements the transparent tiny palace of the fala workshop in portugal
the palace adopts a transparent aspect and is proudly surmounted by a crown adorned with precious stones

A simple step divides the interior into two zones with discreet but noticeable differences. “In Loos fashion, two representative zones are defined by the different floors, with varying degrees of privacy.” explains the Atelier Fala team.

The only walls are the longitudinal sides of the space, in continuity with the perimeters of the garden. The bathroom and the storage room are hidden behind a unitary piece of lacquered wood furniture, the scale of which is deliberately situated between architecture and furniture. “A palace shouldn’t be too simple after all.” add the architects.

'crown adorned with precious stones' complements the transparent tiny palace of the fala workshop in portugal
the design concept is inspired by Rousseau’s painting, which depicts a jungle full of exotic flora and wild animals

'crown adorned with precious stones' complements the transparent tiny palace of the fala workshop in portugal
the small palace is mostly transparent, with extensive glazing covering the entire structure

'crown adorned with precious stones' complements the transparent tiny palace of the fala workshop in portugal
Fala bets on spatial richness, paying particular attention to materiality, and to the treatment of surfaces and furniture.

'crown adorned with precious stones' complements the transparent tiny palace of the fala workshop in portugal
the space is completed by a spacious closet concealing the equipment of the interior

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image reproduced with the kind permission of Fala Atelier

image reproduced with the kind permission of Fala Atelier

image reproduced with the kind permission of Fala Atelier

image reproduced with the kind permission of Fala Atelier

“Le Rêve” by Henri Rousseau – image courtesy of MoMa

project info:

Last name: A Tiny Palace – 050
architects: Fala Workshop | @fala.atelier
group project: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Lera Samovich, Ana Lima, Rute Peixoto, Paulo Sousa
landscape architect: Oh Earth

construction: JST LDA

location: Porto, Portugal
area: 40 m²

photography: Ivo Tavares | @ivotavaresstudio

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