NL architects: pool home proposals in florida
NL architects: pool home proposals in florida NL architects: pool home proposals in florida
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 proposalimage © 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 andwilling 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 withina 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 planeimage © 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 canopiesimage © NL architects

image © NL architects

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

image © NL architects

beach-side programimage © NL architects

driveway entranceimage © NL architects

site planimage © NL architects



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 viewimage © NL architects

rooftop terrace and poolsimage © NL architects

interior with pool soffits marking the spacesimage © NL architects

program diagramimage © NL architects

site planimage © NL architects



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 viewimage © NL architects

image © NL architects

elevation, three floors under the poolimage © NL architects

image © NL architects

  • Muito bom!!

    Andre says:
  • Number 3, hands down.

    Honest says:
  • leaky, leaky!

    mash says:
  • fantastic as usual NL architects

    biboarchitect says:
  • lol this is can’t be serious…. Wheres the giant plant room that would be required for the size of those pools? And the weight of that water, especially in the third would require massive supporting columns, not the spindly little things shown in the renders. Its a joke.

    james says:
  • So… living under water “reflects the achievements and success of my business endeavors”? Green light!

    Dan Evans says:
  • I prefer proposal 3! It’s your style!

    shu says:
  • awesome, it is what we have come to expect from NL architects. I think that option 2 is more interesting and usable, also it solves the structural issue that both option 1 and 3 have. the only thing that would make it more cool is if the whole thing was made of glass, or some kind of high density plastic. who would not want to live in any of these houses?

    morgan says:
  • then he could have naked models swimming around all day, what is not to like.

    morgan says:
  • Super ! For healthy life

    Oxi says:
  • It’s on the beach in Florida? What does it look like after the hurricane?

    Floyd Gary Thacker says:

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