corpo atelier has renovated a studio apartment in vilamoura, portugal, nearly dissipating the line between architecture and sculpture. inside a white box, three differently configured yellow objects are individually placed. as an immediate consequence, one’s physical experience of the previously empty space is dramatically altered. inside, the perception of a person’s movement, of the box’s limits and of the position of the yellow objects is inevitably intertwined.

corpo atelier apartment in vilamoura vanishes the line between architecture and sculpture designboom
all images by alexander bogorodskiy



under closer inspection, the pieces’ shapes might resemble an abstraction of the classical architectural elements: an architrave, a fallen column and a plinth, arranged separately as a puzzle, only to be revealed when mentally placed together, evoking the experience of a site-specific sculptural piece that engages with the containing space of a gallery room. or perhaps, these yellow objects only hold objective value as pieces of furniture, produced to store other smaller objects both inside and on them.



in such scenario, their arraignment might be justified simply as a naive attempt to create some kind of spatial hierarchy in a wall-less apartment, marking and defining different areas according to a specific domestic use: an entrance hall, a central living room and a bedroom with a panoramic view. it´s never truly clear which of these possibilities might be accurate, or, if any actually is.

corpo atelier apartment in vilamoura vanishes the line between architecture and sculpture designboom





corpo atelier apartment in vilamoura vanishes the line between architecture and sculpture designboom





project info:


architects: corpo atelier

location: vilamoura, portugal

date: 2018

team: filipe paixão, rui martins, susana café

constructor: window to the future

photography: alexander bogorodskiy


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: maria erman | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news