the perfect concrete pool   beton schwimmbad by ian shaw architekten
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dec 12, 2012
the perfect concrete pool beton schwimmbad by ian shaw architekten


‘beton schwimmbad’ by ian shaw architekten, darmstadt, germany
image © felix krumbholz
all images courtesy of ian shaw architekten

 

developed by ian shaw architekten, this outdoor swimming pool in darmstadt is an exercise in tectonic eloquence, a seamless
integration of making and thought. the project’s aim was simple but complex: to eliminate any trace of structural expression
in order to maximise the visceral impact of the white cast in-situ concrete. this was realised through a bespoke steel frame,
which encases the shuttering during construction. the concrete is flawless; there is no evidence of shuttering joints or anchor points, 
just an unblemished smooth white surface, articulated within an orthogonal form, its phenomenology enriched by the ethereality
of the water and light.

 

all measurements pertain to the golden section. italian coquina stone slabs surround the pool, their matt finishing minimizing
glare and reducing the risk of slipping; and for the external walls, an off white shade of plaster to compliment the warm tone
of the stonework. the ambience generated is calm and welcoming; and from a practical standpoint, the inclusion of a fully
retractable safety pool cover, accessed from a hidden slot, ensures peace of mind. detailing is meticulous throughout; a family
room adjoins the swimming pool, the positioning of its windows aligning exactly with the grid template. the scheme’s subtle,
integrated lighting animates the design, disseminating an aesthetic borne out of structural rigour, timeless geometric proportions
and exacting materiality. the architecture has been distilled, reduced to an elemental state, enabling us to experience what is
most real: its spatial tectonic singularity.

 

 


image © felix krumbholz

 

 

 
image © felix krumbholz

 

 


image © felix krumbholz

 

 


image © felix krumbholz

 

 


image © felix krumbholz

 

 


image © felix krumbholz

 

 

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