Architecture firm Act_Romegialli designed a swimming pool inside a pavilion that hides in the ground of an early 1900 property in Alta Brianza, Italy. The clients requested a modern pool house that wouldn’t clash with the old residence and the surrounding park scenery.
The solution was to place the new building under the ground. The architects also created a subterranean tunnel which connects the pavilion with the old house, so that the visible impact on the landscape is kept to a minimum. Inside the pavilion there is room for an indoor swimming pool next to a gym and a kitchen that is set apart from the recreation facilities. The space consists of a sequence of simple geometric forms, out of either timber or cement, designed to contain the various functions. A large sliding glass door suffuses the area with light, offering a view of the garden and the artificial pond. The glazed door can be submerged into the ground as well. Thus the areas inside fuse with the nature outside. Although the design style of the liberty building differs from the contemporary architecture of the pavilion, Act_Romegialli still provide a relation between both buildings that makes the property appear lively.