fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal
 

fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal

fala atelier has conceived a 55 sqm house within a very old and small granite shack in amarante, portugal, adding a monumental tower to the main volume that fits a small bathroom with a strikingly tall shower. located at the edge of a beautiful garden, the residence features a slightly distorted plan and a prominent sloped roof, while the tower’s exuberant pattern of white and pink triangles makes an obvious contrast between the two volumes.

fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugalall images by ricardo loureiro, drawings courtesy of fala atelier

 

 

each level of fala atelier‘s small residence features one single space: the ground floor incorporates the living area to allow it to exist in relation to the surrounding gardens; while the upper level encloses the bedroom, which fits under the sloped roof and benefits from views of the exterior landscape. a delicate spiral staircase connects the two floors, while the entire interior is defined by a simple palette of materials – white walls, striped wooden floors, fractions of white marble and mint-green carpentry. a curved wall on the first floor is introduced to hold the existing volume and the new tower together, hide technical pipes and some storage, as well as to cause a subtle distortion of the bedroom. fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal

 

 

the only added volume to the granite shack is the tall tower, which is bluntly attached to the main volume. this new, superimposed element fits a small bathroom downstairs with a strikingly tall shower above. from the outside, the addition of the tower element has been made visually clear through an exuberant pattern of white and pink triangles. at the same time, the texture of the granite walls is kept and all the doors and window frames are refreshed with color.

 

‘the tall tower is standing in paradoxical independence, refusing to be serious, making a courageous formal statement,’ notes fala atelier. ‘a monumental object for a non-monumental program.’fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugalfala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal fala atelier adds monumental shower tower to small house in portugal 

 

project info:

 

 

name: small house with a monumental shower

architect: fala atelier

location: amarante, portugal

design team: filipe magalhães, ana luisa soares, ahmed belkhodja, costanza favero, ana lima, joana sendas, paulo sousa

surface area: 55 m2

client: private

contractor: ruce LDA

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