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Ian Shaw completes beton concrete swimming pool

[FIRST LOOK + DRAWINGS + DATA] Frankfurt-based Ian Shaw Architekten has completed this in-situ cast outdoor swimming pool

The €105,000 pool is an addition to a house in Darmstadt, Germany.

Described as ‘simple but complex’, the project used a steel frame to encase the shuttering for the concrete during construction, resulting in a smooth surface finish with no evidence of shuttering joints or anchor points.

Manchester-born, practice founder Shaw said the scheme had taken its ‘dimensions from the classical golden section’.

Stone slabs have been used along the pool’s edge to both reduce the risk of slipping whilst contrasting with the white plaster of the pool walls.

The University of Liverpool educated architect added: ‘The scheme’s subtle, integrated lighting animates the design, disseminating an aesthetic borne out of structural rigour, timeless geometric proportions and exacting materiality.

‘The architecture has been distilled, reduced to an elemental state, enabling us to experience what is most real: its spatial tectonic singularity.’

Swimming Pool

Project data

Location Darmstadt, Germany
Architects Ian Shaw Architekten
Type of project Courtyard swimming pool with balcony and interior renovation 
Client anonymous
Funding private
Total cost 105,000 Euros  
Tender date January 2012
Start on site date March 2012
Completion date July 2012
Contract duration 4 months
Gross internal floor area courtyard 132m², interior 45m²
Form of contract standard German contract
Total cost 105,000 Euros  
Structural engineers Tichelmann and Barillas Darmstadt
M&E consultant none
Quantity surveyor no quantity surveyors in Germany, we control the budget
Planning supervisor Ian Shaw
Lighting consultant Ian Shaw
Main contractor Ambrosius Frankfurt am main

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