Poolhouse Watermael-Boitsfort

This curved hexagon offers a space to change in complete privacy after a bath in a Brussels swimming pool. Its interior walls gently envelop the swimmer, its volume is as if excavated to have curves as close as possible to the body's movements, thus creating an elementary and organic space. This geometry tends to make the object less massive from the outside, the concave walls and the position of the poolhouse have been determined to refine the volume.
The abstract sculpture is placed at the end of the garden and changes its appearance throughout the day. The sculpture has high plasticity and is redesigned according to the sun's rays thanks to its own shadows and cast shadows.
The monolith is distinguished from the surrounding vegetation by its minerality. It refers in some way to the technical cabins prefabricated in roughcast, it is in fact concrete, sanded on one side and smooth on the other. It seems simple but hides a complexity of execution. The object plays on this double image, at once very technical-basic and sculptural-sophisticated.
A metal beam has been delicately placed on the block whose balance seems to play with a small swing. Once again, this poolhouse combines several antinomic notions; its beam, a load-bearing element, is just placed there. Giant and disproportionate to the swing it supports, balanced and delicate compared to the concrete block below.

Photos : Maxime Delvaux