Portuguese studio Fala Atelier has completed the rehabilitation of a small windowless garage into a home for a young couple. Garage House is located in Lisbon, Portugal.
From the architect: The project started with an unconventional request from an open-minded couple: within a very tight budget, to convert a windowless 200m2 [2,150-square-foot] garage into a house.
The proposed intervention intended the clearest reading possible of the existing structure, emphasizing its strength. While the garage was careless and grey, the house is clean and white; its materiality is flat, its light is abstract.
Two generous bathrooms were included behind a curved wall, where a broken corner was before; the walls and ceilings were painted in white and the floor covered in a continuous polished concrete surface; the existing skylights were rethought. No other change felt necessary.
Carefully placed elements organize the living areas: a marble kitchen, curtains, potted plants. Along with the furniture, the freestanding elements carry the flexible identity of the house, hinting its domesticity while punctuating the abstract volume with color.
Architect: Fala Atelier
Project: Garage House
Project team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Mariana Silva, Camelia Petre, Clara Pailler
Consultants: Paulo Sousa
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Area: 200 sqm
Photography: Fernando Guerra (fg+sg)
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