House in Rua Faria Guimarães / Fala Atelier


© Ricardo Loureiro

© Ricardo Loureiro
  • Architects: Fala Atelier
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Design Team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Mariana Silva, Diogo Paixão, Paulo Sousa
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Ricardo Loureiro
  • Tiles: Paulina Piech
  • Contractor: Engilaco
  • Collages: Fala Atelier
  • Client: stunning chapter ltd

Collage. Image Courtesy of Fala Atelier

Collage. Image Courtesy of Fala Atelier

Collage. Image Courtesy of Fala Atelier

Collage. Image Courtesy of Fala Atelier

From the architect. The old house was found in a sequence of equally discrete buildings from different periods of the 20th century. Built originally for a single family, and abandoned for decades, the brief proposed transforming the ruin into a housing unit with five apartments, responding to the accelerated gentrification process in the area.


Before. Image Courtesy of Fala Atelier

Before. Image Courtesy of Fala Atelier

© Ricardo Loureiro

© Ricardo Loureiro

The perimeter of thick granite walls was preserved and the interior structure was completely refurbished, recurring only to light wood elements. The fragmented arrangement of small inner rooms was replaced with a sequence of almost identically dimensioned apartments.


© Ricardo Loureiro

© Ricardo Loureiro

In every unit, a modular wall of openable plywood panels was painted in a deep blue tone, concealing different functions: kitchens, bathrooms, cabinetry. Only upon a second look it is understandable the distinction between the five units: the consistent system and visual relation between the several apartments finds its contradiction in the necessary adaptation of its rhetorical rigidity to the geometry of the staircase, the existing windows, the form of the roof. In each studio, a piece of natural stone with a different form unbalances the apparently symmetrical inner elevations.


Proposal plan

Proposal plan

The street facade acts as a theatrical device with its unorthodox use of the traditional local tiles. Two double-doors with different colours suggest distinct hierarchies.


© Ricardo Loureiro

© Ricardo Loureiro

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