stockholm-based firm claesson koivisto rune has completed a pool and spa facility nestled in the picturesque countryside south of sweden. composed of two volumes with an outdoor pool for the summer and an underground spa with an indoor pool for winter, the scheme has been built neighboring a 1796 neoclassical mansion.
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the simple gabled structures are clad completely in white, chevron tiles- emphasizing the sharp form and providing a stark contrast to the green background. the idea of using the pattern was taken and translated from the parquet flooring seen in the adjacent mansion. the volumes are based on a raised, grey podium that has been laser cut to display the parquet pattern. one of the two house volumes serve as a roofed outdoor kitchen and dining place, while the smaller and narrower house conceals the stairwell leading down to the spa.
claesson koivisto rune has treated water as one of the materials on their palette and the white tiles provide a dazzling background to the turquoise water that changes in tone with the depth of the pool.
‘a material with the added function of beautifully lifting the tile pattern from the bottom of the pool to the surface, refracted and distorted by ripples.
beneath the ground, the spa provides a relaxing retreat realized with using four materials: timber, water, glass and the tiles; the parquet pattern from wood is superimposed on tile, amplified and distorted by the water. tinted glass wall is a distinctive addition and marks the location of the sauna and showers that flank the indoor pool. claesson koivisto rune has created a contemporary interpretation of a classic composition and in turn, the spa is free from ornamentation and harmonises with the historic mansion in its proportions but does not recreate the historic style.
one of the gabled structures serve as the outdoor dining space
the pattern is taken from the gustavian (neoclassical) mansion and parquet floor patterns inside
the smaller and narrower house conceals the stairwell down to the indoor spa
the spa harmonizes with the mansion in proportions but does not recreate the historic style
each step down into the pool thus is a deeper hue of turquoise
sauna and showers behind a dark tinted glass wall flank the indoor pool
the spa and sauna is completed adjacent to a 1796 mansion in south sweden