There are indeed so many impressive house designs that you can see on the web. These are designed by professionals who have not just considered what their clients want but also made sure to incorporate safety and sturdiness of the entire building. For sure, if we look into our featured house today, you would applaud the designers for successfully creating a house that is robust despite the unique and very challenging design it has. In today’s post, we will feature the multi-awarded home designed by Patku Architects known as the Shaw House.
This private residence is designed for single occupancy with 285 square meters that includes a living space, a bedroom, a study, a music room and a lap pool. The manner of how these areas where distributed inside the house is very impressive and intelligent. Considering Vancouver’s situation that it is high seismic risk, they made use of reinforced concrete for the entire house especially that the lap pool is located above ground level. The living space is placed on grade, the private spaces above grade and the music room below grade. Since the area can no longer suffice a lap pool, the pool was placed above grade along the west side of the house connecting the ends of the bedroom and the study’s terraces.
Believe it or not, the pool is placed above the ground along the private areas of the house. Its location is surely a great challenge for the designers due to the risk of seismic activity in the place. But it was never a hindrance for the Patku design team. Still, they were able to come up with this lap pool that even added beauty to the entire house. Daylight is reflected from the lap pool which is located into the central area of the plan. It created a very serene and relaxing ambience for this home. Despite its small area, the Shaw House is still a great masterpiece with its distinct lap pool. Take a look at the images below so you can get more grasps of the house.
The Shaw House have small spaces that looked enlarged due to the use of high ceilings. The ceiling heights not just added space but it also creates additional luminosity. It has an impeccable and stylish planning to make the areas functional. It also made use of appropriate furnishings that not just added beauty to the home but also contributed to make it look a lot larger despite its small space.
It is really impressive how Patku Architects thought of creating a home like this in spite of its location. Of course, it was needed to add strengthening of the structure in order to accommodate the design. It is a smart manner of designing that ensures safety to the homeowners. The design of the house sets it apart from other small house designs especially with its lap pool placed above grade. There are homes that have pools in their homes but not as unique as Shaw’s pool.