Swimming pool / Terrace Swimming Pool by I / O architects

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Swimming pool / Terrace

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Swimming Pool

INSPIRATION:
The new structure is a swimming pool/terrace, addition to a historic building. Rather than making a formal composition with the existing building, the new structure is dissolved in the garden by the rhythm of the frames and the transparency/reflection of the glass. The linear internal space is confined by the stone masonry of the classic base and the light and silhouettes between the metal structures. The building’s translucent surface, almost invisible at daytime, glows with water reflections at dark.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The new addition is located in the existing historic building’s hidden back courtyard. The swimming pool is underground on the basement level yet completely open to the narrow garden beside it. The metal frames are fully glazed with several different in terms of opacity, colour and reflection glass panels. The roof terrace is at the level of the main story and is accessible from both the garden and the house. The black stone cladding marks the excavation and integrates the heating system.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project started in June 2009 and completed in December 2012. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
All loadbearing frames are custom-made for the project from stainless steel. The glazing attachment detail is designed especially for this project. A thin metal strip is inserted between neighbouring glazing elements and holds them together without a visible silicone joint. Three types of glass are used for the project – transparent, one- and both-sides ground glass, forming different stripes creating a rhythm in the otherwise uniform structure. The roof glazing is used as a terrace so special printing is used on the glass to ensure friction when walking.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The new structure is 20m long, 5.4 m wide and 2.8m tall (above the water level), and includes a prefabricated stainless steel pool measuring 16 x 4.2 x 1.5 m.

TAGS:
I/O architects, house extension, extension, historic building, swimming, pool

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
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ADDED DATE:
2013-12-03 01:38:48

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Georgi Katov, Viara Jeliazkova and Antonina Ilieva

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 : Photographer Boris Missirkov / Georgi Bogdanov, 2012.
Image #2 : Photographer Boris Missirkov / Georgi Bogdanov, 2012.
Image #3 : Photographer Boris Missirkov / Georgi Bogdanov, 2012.
Image #4 : Photographer Boris Missirkov / Georgi Bogdanov, 2012.
Image #5 : Photographer Boris Missirkov / Georgi Bogdanov, 2012.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
I/O architects

PROFILE:
I/O architects started in 2004 as a long-distance collaboration between Sofia and Tokyo when Viara Jeliazkova and Georgi Katov developed their first projects. Their work manifests an ambition to combine local experience with external perspective. The design process is marked by sensitivity to the specific context of local landscape, city and society. Reaction varies from admiration to an ironic awareness of the existing inconsistencies. Formal expression is adequately controlled avoiding the risks of transition aesthetics.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Swimming Pool/Terrace Swimming Pool by I/O Architects is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Swimming Pool/Terrace Swimming Pool by I/O Architects is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2013 - 2014.



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