"House of Cards" is a house designed by architectural studio Fala Atelier to connect five houses through facades and interiors. This two-story building covering an area of 820 square meters is located in the town of Marco de Canaveses, Porto district, Portugal. The origin of the name "House of Cards" is taken from its design idea that makes buildings attached between facades, dwellings, and building structures arranged like games through openings to the outside, such as balconies, and different internal rhythms and dimensions that change the shape of the walls.
Illustration of "House of Cards" by Fala Atelier
Each house has an entrance access equipped with glass windows on the lower and upper floors. The façade of this building is made identical to all houses by applying unique geometric shapes and not monotonous, namely squares, circles, and triangles. The outer wall is finished with white, gray, and a touch of Tosca green color. The use of color composition and shape like this is the design identity of Fala Atelier. Previous projects with almost identical characteristics are "Suspended House" and "Uneven House".
The facade of the "House of Cards" building with an identical composition of colors and shapes
The lower floor is used as a living room stretching to the street entrance and at the back of the garden. The interior design of this house applies a floor with a black marble motif, then on the ceiling, left without finishing and showing the original gray material. A wall unites the two colors with a neutral color, namely white. In addition to the living room, the lower floor has a laid-out bedroom, with a circulation room and bathroom located deeper into the private area.
Home interior design with floor, wall and ceiling elements designed by Fala Atelier
Access to a more private area for residents
For access from the lower floor to the upper floor, a one-wall stair with wooden planks and iron handrails. This staircase is designed without a baluster, so it seems slim and does not fill the room. One of the uniqueness of this house is the presence of several columns that decorate the inside. Cylindrical columns in gray seem to support the side of the stairs, while white square-shaped columns welcome residents who have just risen from the lower floor. Several columns are also in the center of the room, bisecting the human circulation path in the house and adding to the room's aesthetics.
Access stairs to the upper floors
The column in the middle of the room divides the circulations
"In every house, there are columns whose presence appears arbitrary, uniting the two floors and dialoguing with roof openings that provide sunlight to the core. So, regardless of the transverse configuration, the houses have pseudo-centers and some vertical objects in an unstable position," said Fala Atelier.