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Pool shapes up for serious exercise

Trineire Designs has completed this swimming pool in the grounds of a turn-of-the-century house in Berkshire. To avoid existing foundations, the pool is set apart from the existing house. It is reached by a corridor link which, due to the sloping site, opens on to a small bridge overlooking the pool. Three platforms, each finished in a different material - slate, ivory-coloured tiles, and western red cedar - lead to a staircase with a steel spine structure supporting cantilevered timber treads. The lower floor contains two changing rooms, a sauna, lounge area and pool. A spa is separated from the main pool by a western red cedar bench/bridge, and sits in a glass bay surrounded by lush foliage. In an attempt to echo the organic shapes of the building, while providing sufficient length for serious exercise, the 12.8m pool is a standard rectangle with a semi- circular end. A 400mm-thick retaining wall forms the house-side of the pool room. The remaining structure is formed by structural glazing with low-E glass, steel members, and rib-like arched glulam beams supported on outsize concrete feet. A copper roof covers the curved end of the pool.

Isabel Allen

Photographs by Ted Aston

Architect: Trineire Designs: Edgar Aston

Structural engineer: Charles Lawrence Associates

Quantity surveyor: John Westlake

Client representative: Drury Estates

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