Project DescriptionOutbuilding / Merit
This pool house knows its place. Positioned along the property’s edge, the glassy western façade frames a viewing garden. But seen from the main house, the building is still and quiet, its thin cedar rainscreen slung like curtains. Nader Tehrani designed it as a series of filters and frames through which to enjoy the landscape.
The materials are about transparency and modernity, he says. “The wood graining is a contrast to the neo-Georgian main house and references the palette of flora in the garden.” The wall facing the house contains a simple routed cutout with a window behind it, so swimmers can see who’s coming, but those approaching can’t look in. Stainless steel cabling in front of the glass wall will eventually support a planted screen that also filters views from outside in. The judges applauded, calling the building simply beautiful. —Cheryl Weber, LEED AP