이번 파빌리온은 맨하탄에 본사를 둔 건축가의 영국에서의 첫 프로젝트인데 독특한 분위기의 공간을 만들기 위해 형태와 재료를 적용하는 데 있어 그의 경험적 접근 방식을 대표하고 있다. 파빌리온은 한쪽에 수직배치되어 두 건물 사이의 공간에 안뜰을 형성한다.
풀장 자체가 하나의 건물이 되며, 본당과는 아주 다른 무엇이면서도 본당의 주변을 보완하고 있다. 채광창을 포함하는 한쌍의 깔대기 모양으로 꾸며진 지붕은 온수 욕조가 있는 원형 구조물과 수영장 영역을 시각적으로 분리한다.
Rafael de Cárdenas of Architecture at Large collaborated with London architecture office Purcell to design the pool house for the owners of a mid-19th-century manor in an undisclosed countryside location.
The pavilion is the Manhattan-based architect's first ground-up project and is representative of his studio's experiential approach to architecture and design, which sees it apply form and materials to create spaces with distinctive atmospheres.
The pavilion is positioned perpendicular to one side of the manor so the space between the two buildings creates a sheltered courtyard.
Materials including brick and copper used for the building's exterior were chosen to complement the appearance of the existing manor, but the design also seeks to introduce something unique to the estate.
"Given that the pool house was going to be its own building, the main thing was to make it feel like a destination," said de Cárdenas, "something quite distinct from the main house, but that would draw on and complement its surroundings."
A roof comprising a pair of funnel-like forms that incorporate large heated skylights helps to organise the interior space and visually separates the pool area from the round structure containing the hot tub.
The inner surface of the ceiling is covered with fibreglass panels featuring angular ridges that help to provide acoustic dampening while also creating a pattern that responds to changing light conditions.