Project Description2005 RADA
Outbuilding / Merit Award
An asymmetrical butterfly roof appears to float ethereally over a perimeter of clerestories. The symbolism of a butterfly roof over a pool house didn't go unappreciated by the judges of this winning project, but they were also taken by its inner beauty: “Gorgeous, beautiful space, really quite elegant interiors.” Designed for a triathlete in Massachusetts who must train year-round, the building takes its long, lean form from the Olympic-sized pool it shelters. The roof structure, says architect Bill Austin, contributes “some dynamic movement” to the otherwise serene enclosure. Where the roof planes intersect, copper scuppers catch and dispatch rainfall runoff. “Most of the water flows toward the north side, where its splashes onto a rock garden,” Austin says. “It's another play on water as the essence of the building.”
In temperate weather, 10 double-wide glass doors with horizontal steel dividers open the pool to the outdoors. The building's exterior siding and interior ceiling material—tongue-and-groove camberra wood with exposed edges—further emphasizes horizontal motion. And the Doug fir studs that frame the clerestory provide a vertical counterpoint.