NL architects: pool home proposals in florida
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mar 22, 2013
NL architects: pool home proposals in florida


‘drop blob, pool house, sawa house’ by NL architects, del ray beach, florida
(above) drop blob proposal
image © NL architects

 

 

‘I would like to have built for me a unique home that reflects the achievements and success of my business endeavors. I am looking for a luxury
beach front home which has a modern take on contemporary design.’

- andrew r., canadian entrepreneur and client

 

 

upon the client’s request, dutch practice NL architects immediately took to the sketchbook. two factors were certain: the site location at del ray beach, florida,
on the cusp of the sandy coast; and the contemporary reapplication of the traditional pool would be the heart of the project. from these ideas and a client open and
willing to see radically different ideas, the architects came up with three stunning proposals that put the living spaces beneath an abstracted form of the pool within
a rectangular footprint.  the role of the outer envelope in each scheme however, changes according to the character of the recreational water feature.

 

 

 

 

 proposal 1: ‘drop blob: a kidney shaped house with a pool roof’


view under the pool roof plane
image © NL architects

 

 

living within a forest of varied plants and trees, the pool becomes a sinuously organic ribbon that weaves through and around the vegetation,
lifted off the ground to act as the canopy for the living functions below. a transparent glass facade wraps the footprint of the several elevated estuaries
with a unique connection to the garden, as water spills over the edge and flows down the walls. the circulation through the dwelling becomes a journey
from interior to exterior, from living to playing.

 

 


view from the rooftop amidst the tree canopies
image © NL architects

 

 


image © NL architects

 

 


pathway below the pool and the several glass-encased rooms
image © NL architects

 

 


image © NL architects

 

 


beach-side program
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driveway entrance
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site plan
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proposal 2: ‘pool house’


image © NL architects

 

 

the concept, with a pool similar to the ‘drop blob’, takes advantage of the negative space as well, stretching to cover a perfect rectangular footprint
with smaller oases within an elevated rooftop terrace. the depth of the ponds creates inverted domes on the interior of the home that begin to dictate
circulation and rooms wrapped again by a garden.

 

 


aerial view
image © NL architects

 

 


rooftop terrace and pools
image © NL architects

 

 


interior with pool soffits marking the spaces
image © NL architects

 

 


program diagram
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site plan
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proposal 3: ‘sawa house’


image © NL architects

 

 

the final proposal also takes full advantage of the rectangular footprint and like the others elevates the pool above the ground although in this case
it is conceived of as a contoured aqueous landscape. water constantly flows from one step to the next creating endless waterfalls in a three-dimensional
water world. with the vertical component, the dry space below enjoys taller ceiling heights that allow for up to three stories within the same house.
above the canopy is a completely new wet mountainous terrain.

 

 


aerial view
image © NL architects

 

 


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elevation, three floors under the pool
image © NL architects

 

 


image © NL architects

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