pool house in belgium

cd poolhouse by marc merckx architects

Cottage spaces are first and foremost about their relationships to the outdoors. So when this minimalist poolhouse designed by Belgian architect Marc Merckx came under our radar, we were instantly enamored by it. The design is characteristic of his tamed interiors, evidence of a search for the perfect balance between proportion, materials and space. One of Merckx’s latest projects, the pool house features a black timber facade that responds to its heavily treed context, next to the blue shades of the adjacent swimming pool. The structure’s symmetry is mirrored by the reflection of the water, creating a beautiful sense of repetition. Material usage is reduced, and structural elements are light and delicate so that the structure has a sensitive relationship to the outside. Speaking for ourselves, we wouldn't mind a relaxing summer afternoon hanging poolside at this place.