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Lazy Bear Pool House / BarlisWedlick

Lazy Bear Pool House / BarlisWedlick
Old Chatham, United States
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Text description provided by the architects. The 2,750 sq ft Lazy Bear Poolhouse by BarlisWedlick is located on a 115-acre estate in the Catskill Mountains. A modern twist on traditional rustic architecture, the pool house - which houses a 54-foot-long pool - is an extension of the property’s main house accessible by a passageway constructed partially underground.

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© Reto Guntli

Built with Passive House principles, the larger-than-life pool house features 18-foot-tall triple-glazed windows constructed along the pool’s west side to maximize sunlight. The underground passageway also allows an airtight entry, which creates an 88-degree indoor temperature all year round.

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© Reto Guntli
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© Reto Guntli

Ventilation from the ceiling prevents the glass from fogging up from the warm climate. BarlisWedlick intentionally designed the pool house in a different architectural style than the main house, noting that because of its unique size, a matching style would have compromised its proportions.

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© Reto Guntli
© Reto Guntli
© Reto Guntli
© Reto Guntli
© Reto Guntli

Over time, the agricultural-style structure with a standing-seam gabled roof and two-toned board-and-batten siding will appear to look ‘older’ than the main house. Four tree-trunk columns run the length of the pool anchoring the structure’s nature-centric look, while white birch logs cover the walls. A leaf-patterned Paul Frankl upholstered sofa and forest-inspired wallpaper further add to the building’s feel of tropical escapism.

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Cite: "Lazy Bear Pool House / BarlisWedlick" 05 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/961128/lazy-bear-pool-house-barliswedlick> ISSN 0719-8884

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