Essendon Pool House Project
Designed by Cycas Landscape Design in 2011. Constructed by Kingcraft Constructions in 2012. Documentation and Drafting by Paul Oliver Design. Photography by Leisa Hunt.
The landscape for this project was originally designed in 2005 and included both front and rear gardens, as well as a swimming pool and spa. Our brief was to design a garden to accomodate the family of five on this sloping site. The garden, pool and spa were completed in 2006 and our clients have enjoyed the spaces ever since, watching the children grow up in a very user friendly environment.
Early in 2011, Cycas received a phone call from the owners and we were invited back to revisit the landscape. The children were growing up and indeed the family needs were changing. We discussed the possibility of creating an outdoor room within the pool area to nurture the changing parameters of their family unit. Cycas set about designing a pavilion in an area previously dedicated to lawn. The schematic design process was completed in April 2011, and Paul Oliver Design was engaged to document the Cycas plans. Construction of the project was undertaken by Kingcraft Constructions and completed in September 2012.
The pavilion was never intended to function as an alfresco area, its purpose is purely as a chill out zone, an outdoor lounge as such. A wide screen TV is mounted above joinery including an under bench bar fridge and is visible from the spa as well as the lounge suite inside the room. Careful consideration went into designing the space to make it as interactive as possible with the pool and spa yet "cosy" enough to be inviting. The placement of a supporting steel column well outside the structure promotes this interaction perfectly. In the ceiling, a Lump Sculpture Studio “Phone” screen is used as a skylight to flood natural light into the weatherproof space, radiant ceiling mounted heaters and stackable plantation shutters complete the living arrangements within. Natural timber "fins" provide cross ventilation on the southern side as well maintaing an open-ness to the garden beyond