This 1200 sq. ft. structure was designed as a minimalist sculpture in the landscape. It is part of a 3.5 Acre property in Connecticut. The architecture of this pool house is in contrast to the traditional architecture of the existing house yet the design sets up a dialogue between the two.
The architecture of the pool house hovers over a 48'x20' pool like a vessel in the water. On the North there is a spa and an outdoor/indoor shower, and on the south there is a roofed veranda acting as an indoor/outdoor dinning area with a large opening on the wall framing the landscape beyond. The area around the pool becomes a sunken courtyard paved in travertine with steps and walls of stone.
The interior of this pool house contains a living/entertainment room, kitchen and bar area, simple bathroom and variety of terraces and decks. It is enclosed by series of metal and glass sliding panels that would allow the structure to be transparent and open up towards outside. A wall of green mosaic tiles cover the wet areas (both inside and out side showers) and becomes part of the main composition of the facade bringing color and tactility to the place.
The main frame and the ceiling of the structure are in Ipe wood (Brazilian Walnut) and make the place warm, nautical and sculptural at the same time. The wood floors stretch out from the interior hovering over the pool and becoming a deck for reflecting and simply sitting around and putting your toes in the water.
A fire pit on the south side of the structure creates an intimate space on the end of the terrace for gathering around in the cold, making marshmallows and enjoying the place.