Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It started as an architectural firm, but has since become a multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design. In this extension project for a 1796 mansion in southern Sweden they were commissioned a spa with two pools. For the summer an outdoor pool, an outdoor kitchen and dining place. For the winter.an indoor pool with its sauna, a characteristic Scandinavian space.
The outdoor pool lies on a platform that levels the slope on which the mansion sits. The indoor pool is placed under this platform. It could be said that one pool is on top of the other. This also allows to reduce the new built elements to the minimum. Two archetypically house-shaped structures were built next to the outdoor pool. The larger house makes for the roofed outdoor kitchen and dining place. And a small and narrow one conceals a stairwell down to the indoor spa.
The whole project palette is made of four materials: wood, tiles, glass, and water which was treated as another material and not just “something” that came with the pool.
Inspired from the Gustavian (Neoclassical) mansion, the wooden deck on the platform, the tiles covering the swimming pools and both structures share, in different scales, the same chevron pattern. A dark tinted glass wall separates the sauna and showers from the indoor pool. The tint of the glass brings more reflection that amplifies the chevron pattern.
The water from the pool amplifies and modulates the tiles. It also brings different hues of turquoise at different depths. Each step down into the pool thus is a deeper hue of turquoise.