Everybody knows about the enviable Scandinavian custom of using the bounties of water for keeping in good physical and mental health. The young architects’ studio Claesson Koivisto Rune, founded in Stockholm in 1995 and whose work straddles between architecture and design, has just designed and completed a pavilion with two pools for a villa built in 1796. Although the mansion has a predominantly classic look, the proposal of the multidisciplinary studio for the new facility stands out for its modern style of pure and simple lines.
Thanks to the space designed, the owners of the villa can enjoy a swim all year around. For summer days, they have an outdoor pool on a platform as the main feature in the middle of this piece of work. From here, there is a view over the rest of the garden. Although one would think that this is ideal for hot summer’s days, it does not take a stretch of the imagination to envisage more daring swimmers having a dip in this pool surrounded by snow. However, there is an indoor pool under the platform to round off this project. Both offer a splendid choice for having a swim every day of the year.
The build is marked by a single detail that runs throughout the project. Inspired by French parquet flooring, the architects have followed through the chevron pattern on every surface of the build. The wood decking, the panelling (on both walls and ceilings) and the tiling have the same pattern carefully cut using a precision laser. White was chosen for the tiling and, thanks to the steps arranged like a grandstand in the pool, they reflect a darker shade of turquoise the deeper they are.
The two pools are flanked by two volumes on the platform that serve to conceal the stairwell down to the spa and to fit out a roofed kitchen with a dining area for meals in the garden
The image of the new spa clearly has little to do with this villa’s historic style. However, there is no doubt that the architects have managed to conjure up a visual memory of the chevron parquet flooring in the mansion’s classically styled rooms.