Bluebell Pool House

Adam Knibb Architects, Crawley, Nr Winchester, 2012

 

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A contemporary pool house designed to recycle a disused tennis court that embraces natures and environmental surroundings. The building promotes enjoyment and tranquility

Replacing a disused tennis court the brief was to create a Pool House that harnessed nature, maximised views; minimised environmental impact and provided fun/enjoyment for the family.

Sited with its ‘back’ to woodland, the folded rectangular form frames views across the garden/fields. The design links movement from public to private areas through purposively designed elements that promote fluidity not physical separation. The decking acts as a ‘catwalk’ controlling the experience.

The clients desire for a self-build project implied necessity for the design to allow for simplified building processes; emphasised by a pre-fabricated timber structure.

Designed to respond to its surroundings, the building is timber clad with a vertical orientation to mimic the trees. Natural oak cladding, softening over time and a sedum roof help the building blend further into the environment. Large sliding doors blur boundaries between internal and external spaces aided by the visible internal timber structure.

An air source heat pump provides heat.

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  • Begun: Jan 2012
  • Completed: Nov 2012
  • Floor area: 90m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £230,000
  • Procurement: Self-Build
  • CO2 Emissions: 92kg/m2/year
  • Address: Bluebell Cottage, Crawley, Nr Winchester, SO21 2PY, United Kingdom

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