The leaves are changing, and it's beginning to feel like fall, but here at the office we've been holding onto summer by designing a number of different pool houses for various clients. We're excited about the possibilities of such a fun and layered program, so we thought we'd share a few of them and how they're shaping up!
The first is currently just a sketch for an apartment complex leasing office and clubhouse. It's a strongly axial form that spans across an olympic-length linear pool, providing customizable degrees of sun and shade, and a highly recognizable silhouette.
Our second project is part of a mixed use district in Thailand; we were asked to develop a rooftop bar and "beach" that would draw a diverse population to enjoy the views of Bangkok's skyline. A glass-enclosed VIP zone provides a luxury experience, while an infinity-edge pool, glass-bottomed overlook, and a really-big-tree mean that there's something for everyone.
The third project is at a more evolved stage, but is still early in schematic design. We've worked closely with the client to understand their needs for a uniquely nesting program. Working around an existing building, we designed around the existing pool equipment to avoid the costly process of moving water lines, while also meeting myriad criteria for security, safety, privacy, functionality, and efficiency.
Our solution is simple, but nuanced: to maximize efficiency, the building is split into two halves: a winterized portion, that serves the tennis facilities year-round, and a summer-only portion that serves the pool. A "cut" into the corner of the plan then negotiates between the tennis court axis and the angled pool axis, allowing the building to serve and be welcoming to both.
We've been really enjoying the highly charged mix of programs and activities that pool houses offer, so if you're interested in learning more about these projects, or if you'd like to pursue a similar project, please feel free to get in touch with us!