Something Good Actually Exists in Canberra
Radical Terrace has yet to venture to Australia’s masterfully-designed/poorly-implemented capital city of Canberra. However, in the midst of this Pyongyang-with-gum-trees, there exists a pool house of “real” capital city standards. Designed by David Katon(formerly of overrated Sydney starchitecture firm Burley Katon Halliday)’s firm Katon Redgen Mathieson, this modern poolhouse in salubrious suburb of Yarralumla ticks most all of the good design boxes. I’ll let the architect’s do the talking:
“…[T]he clients purchased the adjoining property to their existing contemporary residence to accommodate a tennis court, indoor swimming pool and guest accommodation. A new simple, single level off-form concrete structure houses the heated pool, shower facilities, a kitchenette and a sitting area with a fireplace. Sliding glass doors open to the east and west from the indoor pool and the sitting room, with timber screens providing sun control to the west. Three large circular skylights are located above the pool. A lightweight steel structure accommodates guest accommodation within an upper level. A palette of Off-form concrete, grey stained timber and Travertine stone floors are used throughout. The new pavilion sits comfortably in scale and style with the existing residence, and forms a strong architectural background to the tennis court from the main house.”
Bonus! It was recently featured on ArchDaily!