In a remote spot of the Portuguese village of Paradinha (Alvarenga), in Aveiro District, eleven cabins are carefully arranged around existing trees, following the natural topography. The place being hard to reach warranted simplifying the building process through the use of prefabricated structures. Combining concrete and wood, the complex presents four different typologies between 28 and 58 square meters in size. In each hut, the technical services (water, electricity, air conditioning) are concentrated in a standardized module, which speeded up the assembly process.
The initial intention of the commission was to distribute several rooms on the plot for Hotel Syntony, but Samuel Gonçalves’s Porto firm Summary proposed to build small houses that could function as full-time dwellings. The mix of two different programs – tourist lodgings and permanent homes – ensures that the premises can be inhabited year-round, a guarantee of maintenance and security in the area.