From barn to pool house, a family’s perfect blend of equestrian design.

The pool house design was inspired by the client’s riding arena, which sits nearby on their sprawling 35-acre farm. The firm studied the simple utilitarian design of the arena and elevated it by accentuating the exposed structural truss components and joinery details.

They wanted the pool house to feel like an inhabitable piece of art. The design incorporates sliding wood gates that mimic horse stalls, and repetitive roof trusses, similar to what you see in many long arenas. The light that is cast through the cracks between the sliding gates is beautiful as it changes throughout the day, and lights up like a lantern at night. The pool house is approximately 16 feet wide and consists of six bays, 6 feet long each, covering a total of 600 square feet. One bay is enclosed to form a bathroom on one side, and an equipment room on the other. The rest of the bays are open-air and contain a kitchen, dining space, and seating area. These three spaces have screens that move along tracks to allow for varied use of the building, depending on shading needs throughout the day. The primary materials of the project are painted steel and Douglas fir.

The architects worked with King Barns to build the pool house. They also built the original riding arena that inspired the pool house. Additionally, they teamed up with the renowned landscape designer James Golden, to complete the grounds around the pool and pool house. He primarily uses native plants in his gardens and selects species that look beautiful and sculptural even in the coldest parts of the winter.

The Project Team includes:
Architect: OSSO Architecture (Margot Otten and Douglas Segulja)
General Contractor: King Construction
Landscape Designer: James Golden
Lighting Designer: Angie Ohman
Photography: Erik Bernstein
Structural Engineer: A.S Engineering