The Pool House

+3 Architecture, Newcastle upon tyne, 2014

 

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A new-build hydrotherapy pool house in the garden of a semi-detached house

This small, unique project included the design and construction of a hydrotherapy pool house to meet the needs of a young man with acute physical impairment. Whilst on one level the challenge was to provide a pool that was fully accessible and met the specific functional requirements of the brief on another level it was equally important to create an environment designed to reflect the character of the client and verdant site.

The location of neighbouring properties and mature trees placed significant constraints on the position of the pool house which has been situated to minimise visual impact while establishing a positive physical relationship with the house.

The interior has an almost cave like quality, with limited yet controlled admission of natural light intended to provide a sensuous and restorative experience. A large window provides the client with views of the garden, while the roof light provides uninterrupted views of the sky while swimming.

Data

  • Begun: Nov 2013
  • Completed: Sep 2014
  • Floor area: 48m2
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £195,000
  • Tender date: Oct 2013
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works with Contractors Design Portion
  • Address: 78 Elmfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon tyne, NE1 7RU, United Kingdom

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