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Pinhal Houses
Quinta da Barca

Esposende
1995 - 2002

Almost nothing remains of the farm’s original state. Only the walls that define it, some vegetation and the river as background. Now it’s a housing complex in a closed condominium regime, placed in a gentle place where de farm seems only to do sense while “ enclosure” that serves to contain other constructions, other uses and other people.
The intervention that the project refers to is limited to a part of the established plan, not being allowed any alteration to is basic rules: the number and the dimension of the lots should be integrally respected; the streets design and the infrastructures that are associated to it (already built) have to be maintained; and the typology occupation initially foreseen can only be modified circumstantially. It’s starting from this frame, seemingly very limited, that the rules that allow giving body to the main conceptual project womb are established. It’s here that the idea of “ enclosure”, while statement of individuality, but also of privacy, acquires sense as possibility of a double scale: the one which is exclusive of the unit “ enclosure” in itself and that results of the needs of inhabiting; and the one which results of the repetition of that unit, as answer to the larger “ enclosure” which is the farm itself.
This scale duplicity is also verified in the differentiated treatment attributed to the two floors that constitute the four habitation bands: as warranty of space and functional independence that should mark its articulation; and also as a way to facilitate the displacement of one relatively to the other in way to allow the obtaining of a better adjustment between the configuration of each band and the form of the streets that draw the general plan.
This way of ordering the buildings is not more than a commitment between the scale that characterizes the unit and the resulting scale of its repetition.
It is starting from this commitment that the design of the housing group is developed, in the conviction that the exception, when it happens, is only necessary to reveal the elements that constitute the basic unit making its repetition become more explicit.

We repeated them infinitely. What is variable, and simultaneously permanent, is the urgency of their combination.