Quebec Pool House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Quebec Pool House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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Pincourt, Canada
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Board, Buckley Rumford, Sky-Frame
  • Lead Architects

    Brian MacKay-Lyons, Talbot Sweetapple, Peter Broughton, Bruce Allen, Dalton Kaun, Etienne Lemay, Izak Bridgman, Rimon Soliman, Jonny Leger, Matthew Bishop
  • Photographs

  • Prime consultant

    Le Groupe ARCOP Architectes
  • Civil consultant

    Marchand Houle et Asociés
  • Structural consultant

    BCA Consultants Inc
  • Mechanical consultant

    Dupras Ledoux Inc
  • Builder

    eSpace Construction
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Text description provided by the architects. This pool house and spa is constructed into the side of a mountain at the point where it meets the St. Lawrence River valley floor. Built for a discerning client on his rural property west of Montreal, this seemingly simple structure is intricately crafted. This is a minimalist project, inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s 1929 Barcelona Pavilion, which established the grammar for this elemental modern architecture.

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A glass box containing a gym, lounge and service areas is embraced by elongated board-formed concrete walls that reach out into the landscape. These walls wrap around an outdoor infinity pool and spa that lunges towards the agrarian floodplain in the distance.

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Floor plan
Floor plan
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A monolithic roof floats above the glass box, with a cedar board soffit that extends above an outdoor fireplace, the pool and spa, offering protection from the elements.

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This is an all-weather building, designed for use in all four seasons. The glass walls surrounding the gym space open completely, reinforcing the indoor/outdoor nature of this space. Services are relegated to the back, north side of the pavilion, and buried below ground.

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The public façade of this project opens to the south west to take full advantage of daylighting, essential to this pool house’s program.

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Address: Pincourt, Quebec, Canada

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Cite: "Quebec Pool House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects" 18 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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