Minimalist Poolhouse Packs Maximum Punch

Beachside Avenue’s most famous sculpture — Claes Oldenburg’s 19-foot, 10,000-pound typewriter eraser — is gone. Its new home is the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Nearby, a new project looks like a new sculpture.

It’s not. It’s a poolhouse.

And you’re not even supposed to really see it.

This month Architecture Digest explores the structure, on the sloping lawn of Andrew Bentley and Fiona Garland’s home.

A broad view of the poolhouse. (Photo/Paul Rivera for Architectural Digest)

Designed by Roger Ferris, and “magnificently minimalist in form,” the poolhouse is built underneath “a verdant berm….Save for the skylight that runs the length of its green roof, the building is hardly visible as you approach it.”

But it certainly is something.

“Elegant concrete walls bookend a 75-foot long pool (and) a generous living-dining room with a Grayson Perry tapestry….While the northern side of the floor plan, tucked into the earth, contains the kitchen, bath, and changing areas, the south-facing window wall offers breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound.”

The pool is framed by window walls, Douglas fir paneling, and a tapestry by Grayson Perry. (Photo/Paul Rivera for Architectural Digest)

It seems like an amazing poolhouse. Andrew and Fiona have great taste; Roger Ferris does inspired work, and Becky Goss of The Flat consulted on the furnishings.

Now I really want to see their mudroom!

9 responses to “Minimalist Poolhouse Packs Maximum Punch

  1. This is totally AMAZING! A dream to swim in; looking up @ the sky every time you do “another lap”!

  2. Marguerite Bunny Franco

    As noted above!

  3. Jane Schaefer Johngren

    As a former and hopefully once again lap swimmer, I agree. It would be hard not to be motivated just by the surroundings. Spectacular!

  4. Wow is a Huge Understatement … Its Spectacular “””

  5. Ashley Skatoff

    There are a lot of displays of wealth in our area that often lack taste. This poolhouse is the epitome of taste and class and permanence and refinement. A creation of thought, values, beauty to last forever. It touches the soul and causes one to wonder, hope, aspire, care.

  6. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    Inspired by the beaches of Normandy? Very timely.

  7. Elina Lublinsky

    Wow… Human imagination and skill knows no limit. What a beauty

  8. Sharon Paulsen

    Reminds me of Philip Johnson’s “The Glass House”.

    Very cool indeed!

  9. I wonder if Ned Merrill can sneak in for a quick dip? You know, that Burt Lancaster in The Swimmer.

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