‘cut ceilings and dyslexic ornaments’ by corpo atelier 

 

In a quiet street of Faro, Portgual, local practice Corpo Atelier has restored and refurbished a traditional two-story white villa — interrupting its spaces and surfaces with colorful ‘cuts’ that recall the dwelling’s ruin-like quality. Each indoor and outdoor cut displays a natural material that gently contrasts the all-white backdrop. The architects completed the project in 2002, wittily titling it ‘cut ceilings and dyslexic ornaments’ — a clear nod to their simple yet impactful approach to residential restoration. 

corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa's traditional, all-white exterior
Corpo Atelier refurbished the villa back in 2022 | all images © Frederico Martinho

 

 

creating design accents and focal points

 

Inside, the Corpo Atelier team purposefully kept two types of white ceilings incomplete on both floors, revealing the wooden beams that support the first floor and roofing structure. Through such interventions, the architects successfully defined clear spatial centers for the social and bedroom areas. The first incomplete ‘spot’ in the living room takes on the shape of a cross while the second appears as a circle; at closer look though, the first floor ‘cut’ could very well evoke the shape of leaf with its series of beam alluding to individual ‘veins’.

 

Outside, pieces of pink limestone are scattered along three of the four white façades of the house, randomly highlighting specific architectural features: corners, edges, friezes, window frames, and the entrance door. While seemingly refreshed and punctuated by modern touches, the villa still exudes a rustic ambiance unique to Faro. 

corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa's traditional, all-white exterior
scattering pink limestone across the all-white façades

corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa's traditional, all-white exterior
the villa is located in a quiet street of Faro in Portugal

corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa's traditional, all-white exterior

corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa's traditional, all-white exterior
creating incomplete ceiling ‘spots’ to highlight the wooden foundation

corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa's traditional, all-white exterior

corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa's traditional, all-white exterior
light-filled first floor interior by Corpo Atelier

corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa's traditional, all-white exterior
the ground floor ceiling ‘cut’ evokes the shape of a cross

 

 

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corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa’s traditional, all-white exterior
 
corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa’s traditional, all-white exterior
 
corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa’s traditional, all-white exterior
 
corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa’s traditional, all-white exterior
 
corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa’s traditional, all-white exterior
 
corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa’s traditional, all-white exterior
 
corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa’s traditional, all-white exterior
 
corpo atelier scatters pink limestone across a portuguese villa’s traditional, all-white exterior
 

project info:

 

name: Cut ceilings and dyslexic ornaments 

location: Faro, Portugal

year: 2022 

architecture: Corpo Atelier | @corpo_atelier 

team: Filipe Paixão, Susana Café, Laura Correia, Laura Bação, Diogo Silva, Rui Oliveira

photography: Frederico Martinho | @fredericomartinho