Architect: Bruns Architecture
Contractor: Yahara Builders
At the end of a small town residential street, the roof of the Rock River Pool House hovers over the top of a long stone wall. As the final piece in a previous clients’ riverside oasis, the small building bookends the composition, simultaneously framing the collection of outdoor spaces while opening up to panoramic views of the water and forested nature preserve beyond.
Utilizing the same material palette as the main house, the small building’s angular shape responds to the narrow triangular site geometry. Knowing that the pool house would serve to anchor the property’s north end, studies of how the roof line could respond to both the functional program as well as the unique site conditions one would experience from the structure were conducted. The folded shape provides a dynamic response to the flowing water below.
The main level spaces serve several purposes. For summertime swimming, the pool house is a changing and shower room. For evening gatherings, its kitchenette becomes the hub of the buffet. The space is equally at home providing a guest room for an overnight stay. Below, a cellar houses all of the saltwater pool equipment completely out of view from the festive environment top side.
The façade is clad in reclaimed redwood salvaged from a decommissioned local civic building. Varying in dimension, the original boards were re-milled to achieve maximum yield. Stone harvested from a neighboring Wisconsin quarry completes the succinct exterior palette.
Photos: Tricia Shay Photography