Rising between the mature trees along a steep wooded hillside, the Pool House is designed to integrate with the natural landscape and existing structures while providing a protected retreat for the Owners to enjoy their swimming pool and the outdoors. The canopy of existing trees is preserved through the carefully located Pool House pier structure and provides an inviting envelope for the completed project. The wood shake roofs further knit the new structures into the woods and to the existing buildings on this rural property.
The pergola and wood deck link the existing pool area to the Pool House shade pavilion and changing room structures. The long deck stretches from the pool terrace into the woods high above the ground to a private area for showering and to a built-in bench for quiet enjoyment of the woods and nearby brook.
The exposed pyramidal roof structure of the shade pavilion is an embracing protective umbrella with generous overhangs. This screened area overlooks the swimming pool.
The louvered construction of the changing room and bath structure provides privacy as well as ventilation and filtered light. Vertical slatted scrims provide diaphanous spatial definition for both the bar and shower areas located each side of this structure.
The design of the Pool House celebrates its place in the landscape through understatement and the use of varying wood construction techniques for textural interest, providing a tapestry of shade and shadow.