La Pool House
By : in situ atelier d'architecture
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Special Award / Wood featured in architecture : Gold Certification
Categories : Residential Building / Residential annex : Platinum Winner
The Pool House – an existing residential pool building (1997) – is a project encompassing complete structural and envelope (walls and roof) reconstruction, in order to remedy an anomaly in the envelope which provoked rotting of the structure and walls. The project was designed and carried out while preserving the foundations, the pool basin and its finishes, the powder room, and the sauna.
The building's volume was revised to unify it with the overall building complex to which it belongs: an ancestral house and a barn that has been transformed into a sound studio. A gable roof replaces the curved roof of the original building. The roof and exterior walls are covered with red cedar shingles which form a material continuity. No protective coating has been applied to the cedar; it will turn gray over time. The new structure is made of exposed laminated black spruce timber. The interior space is illuminated by its whiteness as it is protected with an ecological semi-opaque white water-based stain. Large south-facing windows allows for natural light in the interior volume.
Lime plaster has been used to finish the interior walls and ceiling. The lime, a natural product, allows for regulation of the air's humidity, an important constraint in the conception of the pool's envelope. it cleanses the atmosphere due to its bacterial and antiseptic properties, and inhibits the proliferation of molds.
Architect : in situ atelier d'architecture
Engineering : SDK
Other : CLEB
General Contractor : Groupe Module