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House and swimming pool K, Grimbergen, Belgium

Tuesday 13 Dec 2011

Panoramic swimming pool

photography by Frederik Vercruysse 
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Plans for personal swimming pool shift from garden to rooftop 

Although the principal dreamt for years of a swimming pool in his small garden, he chose to renovate his 17th-century gentleman's house first. While the contractors were about to start the works, the uninhabited school building adjoining his garden was offered for sale.

The principal did not hesitate; works were stopped and the school building was bought. After many analyses and intense discussions it was decided to realise the swimming pool project first.

Not only the size and unfavourable orientation of the garden, but also constructive motifs defined the concept. No swimming pool in the small 'sunless' garden, but one on top of the roof of the school building.

An intelligent structure of columns and beams of reinforced concrete is not only the structural reinforcement of this neglected school building, but the construction needed for the swimming pool as well. The material 'polyurea' was used as a top layer on the swimming pool, because of its clean and seamless appearance.

The ground floor is organised as an 'outdoor-kitchen', and the space in the first floor is multifunctional.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0.25(m€)
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dmvA Architecten BVBA

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