James Grayley Architects


Mendip Pool House

Private Client , Somerset, 2019

A new build pool house within an historic landscape

The pool house, placed within a robust rubble stone walled garden, seeks to build on a tradition of small buildings within formal landscapes.

A study of local Georgian and Victorian structures defined the initial strategy, considering two distinct families: folly or pavilion buildings within formal walled gardens and ancillary buildings within working walled gardens.

The pavilion structures are generally more robust, existing within, but independent of the garden walls. This formal ‘folly’ typology was developed for the pool house with the new structure sitting within the historic walls.

A series of openings within the wall allow for access to the walled garden, with the new building acting as the gateway between the wider landscape and the more formal and intimate bathing garden.