Architecture studio Fala Atelier has concluded a back garden apartment for a dwelling in Porto, Portugal, topped by a “concrete crown” inlaid with marble geometry.

Named Really Very small Palazzo, the 40-square-metre annexe supplies a studio or guest home nestled in a lush yard, which it overlooks through thoroughly-glazed elevations.

Compact, simply just finished and largely clear, the framework is topped by a concrete roof that spans the width of the yard, inlaid with a pink circle of Estremoz marble and smaller black squares of Marquita marble.

Fala Atelier has designed a backyard condominium in Porto

“This is the smallest residence we at any time developed,” Fala Atelier advised Dezeen. “Calling it a palazzo refers to the main setting up nearby – a palace-like house – and offers a certain ambition to the if not incredibly discrete piece.”

“The luxuriant surroundings instructed an ambivalent method to the architectural item,” included the exercise.

“At human height, the palace is transparent, but its crown is proud, adorned with precious stones and spanning across the perimeter partitions.”

Exterior of garden apartment by Fala Atelier
The developing is topped by a “concrete crown”

Within, a set improve in the degree of the concrete floor generates two distinctive places that can be applied as dwelling, bedroom or studio places, with a rest room and storage place tucked behind a comprehensive-height white cabinet.

Steel-framed sliding glass doorways at either conclusion let this inside to be absolutely opened to the landscape, enabling the framework to perform either as a extra intimate home or an open, pavilion-type space.

“In an [Adolf] Loos-like way, two consultant places are described by the distinctive flooring, with unique degrees of intimacy,” claimed the apply.

“The bathroom and storage space are concealed at the rear of a unitary cabinet of lacquered wooden, whose scale intentionally sits somewhere between architecture and home furnishings. A palace shouldn’t be also easy following all,” it continued.

Apartment interior with stepped concrete floor
A stepped concrete ground produces two distinct parts inside of

Having inspiration from French artist Henri Rousseau’s painting “The Desire”, the slim back garden, built by landscape architects Oh!land studio, is loaded with lush vegetation, surrounded by a wall of stone and steel fencing.

An informal route of wood planks and stones cuts by this backyard, connecting the most important property and the rear of the plot to the Really Little Palazzo at its centre.

White-walled interior of Very Tiny Palazzo by Fala Atelier
There are metallic-framed sliding glass doors at either end

Fala Atelier was founded in 2013 by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja, and is recognized for the generally vibrant, geometric aesthetic employed in its styles throughout Porto.

Past initiatives by the practice contain a home in Porto concluded with candy-colored accents, and a sequence of micro-apartments close to a communal courtyard established by renovating two granite buildings.

The images is by Ivo Tavares.

Task credits:

Architect: Fala Atelier
Challenge crew: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Lera Samovich, Ana Lima, Rute Peixoto, Paulo Sousa
Landscape architect: Oh Land
Client: Non-public