House In Rua do Paraíso
A bourgeois 19th-century single-family house was to be divided into a series of identical studio apartments: four living spaces, some circulation areas, and a private backyard. The front facade is almost unchanged. The shabby tiles are replaced by polished green marble contrasting with the roughness of the existing granite frames. The back facade becomes a painting for neighbors to look at, the main facade for private use.
Fala Atelier is a naïve architecture practice based in Porto, led by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja. Established in 2013, the atelier works with methodic optimism on a wide range of projects, from territories to birdhouses. Fala’s projects are a medley of formal languages, references, quotations, and themes, only regulated by an obsession for clarity; its architecture is both hedonic and post- modern, intuitive and rhetorical.
Fala has lectured at different universities and institutions, including the architectural association in London, the graham foundation in Chicago, the center for fine arts in brussels, the Technische Universität in Munich, the Versailles’ faculty of architecture in paris and the casa della architettura in rome. Fala has taught at the faculties of architecture in Venice, liége and bratislava.
Fala has published ’01’ and ‘portraits’ and its work has been widely published in international magazines and websites, including domus, engawa, arq’a, mark and the architectural review.