Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados was tasked with installing a swimming pool for ‘Panorama’, a 600 meter square house situated in the capital city of Brazil. Using extremely thick imported glass and a specialist team, the architects were able to put the pool next to the ground floor living room. Flanked by glass panes, the pool becomes one of the walls of the living room, and swimmers can be seen from inside the house. Thanks to the double height interior, the pool can be accessed from the ground floor as well as from the first floor, making it the centerpiece of the house. A mezzanine, linking the floors between the master bedroom and the living room adds to the fluidity of the design.
The client, a couple with no children, had an extensive art collection which they wished to be displayed throughout the house. Commenting on the role of the swimming pool, Marques said “to a certain extent, I think I ended up providing the home with another work of art.” In addition to the spectacular pool, Marques carefully placed lighting around the artworks to enhance their collection: on the lower floor she designed a gallery where a single-track lighting rail with several spotlights shines down onto the pieces. This rail can be added to with more lights as the art collection evolves.