‘La Piscina del Roccolo’ is gorgeous luxurious indoor swimming pool designed by Italian architecture studio Act_romegialli. Set in a historic home in Italy, the client required the pavilion to be connected to the main historic house causing the least visual interference with the surrounding parkland. The pavilion was for an indoor pool, and some space for fitness, service and leisure in a climate controlled space. The client also desired a glass enclosed space attached to the main house to enjoy the view of its natural surroundings.
White mosaic tiles mingle with oak accents and exposed concrete within the interior. This marriage of materials brings depth and dimension to an otherwise simple space. The design team explains that this conscious choice of “continuity of material creates an effect – a mass of water finds its natural resting state and settles in the lowest part of the volume, held by a dynamic and at the same time gentle form before it slowly follows its course down to quietly settle in the pool.” Stone walls and plenty of plant life ensure the exterior structure remains integrated with its environment.
Choice of material for the pool lining and surrounding pavement needed to be durable and, neutral in colour. It also needed to be able to cover steps, ledges and curved surfaces ( pavement, walls and pool lining). The aim was to achieve a sense of continuity within the volume inside and outside the pool. A small white ceramic mosaic tile was chosen.