Frankfurt am Main, DE
This outdoor swimming pool in Darmstadt is an exercise in tectonic eloquence, a seamless integration of making and thought.
The simplicity of the pool design belies its complexity. The white cast in-situ concrete is flawless. There is no evidence of shuttering joints or anchor points. This was achieved through a bespoke steel frame which encased the shuttering during construction.
The flooring specification for the outdoor space and the adjoining family room is the same, Italian coquina stone slabs. These generate a welcoming ambience, inside and out, as well as providing an all-important slip-resistant surface around the pool. A fully retractable safety pool cover, accessed from a hidden slot, provides additional peace of mind.
The connectivity between indoors and outdoors is further articulated through the alignment of the flooring joints, and the off-white shade of plaster used in the family room corresponding to the off-white shade of render used in the external area. Both treatments complement the colour, depth and texture of the stonework. The scheme’s subtle integrated lighting highlights the project's core qualities: its structural rigour, timeless geometric proportions and exacting materiality.
Additional Credits: All images courtesy of Ian Shaw Architekten. Photography by Felix Krumbholz.