A house in a garden serves as an urban retreat for an artist who lives next door. The house in the space, a pool house, functions as the center for family and social gatherings, successfully accommodating varying sized crowds. This two story box was tucked discreetly towards the rear of the site, creating a series of transitional garden spaces. The project was an intense collaboration of architect, client, and landscape architect. A great amount of thought and design was incorporated into every detail throughout the entire process. The client’s affinity for the color blue was incorporated into several of the dominating elements within the garden and the house. The central spine of the site is a six foot high privacy wall. This sculptural element is a stainless steel cage filled with blue recycled glass slag. This element is lit from within. The pool hovers one inch above the concrete deck with an infinity edge around the perimeter. A sunning deck extends out over the pool into the garden beyond. The ipé wood decking compliments the Pool House, and creates a visual connection from the pool deck to the garden. A small water feature cast into the concrete deck provides subtle noise to eliminate any distractions from beyond the garden walls. Large stone slabs become paths throughout the site and terminate at a fire pit. A minimal plant palette creates mass plantings used for large textural impact and screening for privacy.
Architect: Cunningham Architects