Year: 2015

Location: Los Angeles, CA

The pool culture of Los Angeles is so widespread that it is normal for any low-rise family homes in various income brackets to have one in their backyards. In an aerial view, it is easy for us to imagine a landscape full of kidney bean shapes in plan, a collection of dips, curves, and scoops in section, and a world of elliptic paraboloid surfaces in three dimensions.

Life around the pool is also very important to the development of Southern Californian culture - a drought in the 20th Century became the very foundation of skateboarding as a sport here in California when a creative use the dry pool took place in Dogtown. One could perhaps argue that this event became the first human interaction with an abstract geometry at a scale we are able to perform actions onto. The pool, when wet, is the epicenter of romantic imaginations - from the puppy love rescue scene in the Sandlot, the jealous passive aggressive horseplays in Mrs. Doubtfire, the full-blown eroticism in Wild Things, Showgirl, or Alpha Dog, the outlandish extravaganzas in the Anchorman, or the flirtatious cocktail winks in any Bond movies, the blue-glowing wet pool has been a prime setting for iconic moments of fantasy space - getting in trouble, falling in love, or coming of age.

In the Pool House, we propose a roof pool that dips into the central living area to create a set of sectional contractions and expansions. The inverse peaks and valleys provide a series of apt landscape conditions for interior actions. With some swales containing storage, some craters hosting conversation pits, no partitions are really needed to separate programmatic zones.