Living among fluid and transparent walls in Porto

Fala Atelier renovates the interior of an anonymous building enhancing the intangible atmosphere of the rooms with blurred boundaries and uninterrupted perspectives.

Fala Atelier radically transformed the interior of an old, anonymous building in Porto. If the exteriors have not been modified due to the strict regulations governing the consolidated urban fabric, the interiors reveal unexpected and vaguely surreal atmospheres.

The building is characterised by a long, narrow layout, interrupted by the imposing central staircase. At the back, the renovated garden has become a small oasis within the dense built environment.

Fala, House with glass walls, Porto, Portugal 2021
House with glass walls, Porto, Portugal 2021. Photo Giulietta Margot

The interiors, originally without any valuable elements, have been entirely dismantled of partitions and incongruous elements and enriched with a fluid and unified spatiality that repudiates the traditional layout based on corridors and rooms rigidly perimetered by wall partitions. Instead of the usual walls, the rooms are "suggested", rather than delimited, by ethereal full-height transparent glass sliding walls that blur the boundaries and erase any visual filter, without any particular concern for intimacy and in an uninterrupted fruitive and perceptive connection between the rooms. 

The glass walls are divided by a grid of metal frames that create lively plays of geometric overlapping in the perception of space. 

House with glass walls, Porto, Portugal 2021. Photo Giulietta Margot

In contrast to the immaculate surfaces of the shell and the impalpable transparencies of the partitions, a natural wood floor gives warmth and materiality to the rooms.

House with glass walls
Architectural project:
Fala Atelier (Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Iera Samovich, Rute Peixoto)
Porto, Portugal
Paulo Sousa (engineering), Oh land (landscape), Jst (contractor)

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