This 19th-century building in the English countryside has a swimming pool with slides that every child - and undoubtedly also many adults - dreams of. In collaboration with London-based architectural firm Purcell, Manhattan-based architect Rafael de Cárdenas designed a candid swimming pool pavilion.
The special addition is perpendicular to the building and creates a sheltered courtyard. The most important aspect of the whole was to make a clear distinction between the house and the swimming pool. Copper and bricks from which the outbuilding is constructed are in harmony with the existing building and form a beautiful addition to the outdoor environment. With the wishes of the customers and their children in mind, the pool became a paradise for young and old. The two architects clad the inside of the ceiling with ribbed glass fibre panels. They are not only an architectural feature, but they also adapt to the changing light and have a soundproofing capacity.
"With the wishes of the customers and their children in mind, the pool became a paradise for young and old."
Pay special attention to the beautiful slides that form an eye-catcher in the room and for which many enthusiast wants to queue to make use of it. For the walls and floors a Botticini marble was chosen that was then treated with an anti-slip coating. In every detail the special attention of Cárdenas for the execution is visible. Next to the swimming pool is a unique hot tub with an attractive view to the outside. The skylight above it was given the same curved shape in order to continue a constant in the whole. A place where we would love to be on a snowy winter's day, or any other day of the year actually.© Polly Tootal