Pictures: © Vinay Panjwani
The Saar Pool & Spa is a part of an existing residence in the city of Ahmedabad, India. The demand was for a recreational area with a lap pool, gym and spa, while retaining most of the garden around the residence.
The Pool & Spa is based underground and connects directly to an existing basement entertainment area. The pool is the main central attraction of the space, on which the spa floats like a lantern. The installed ribbed glass louvres control the degree of privacy of the area.
A long skylight installed above illuminates the area connecting the extension with the old existing space. A separate entrance over a flight of stairs on a stone slab over the pool connects the area to the living space. Additionally, the spa is also accessible through the main house.
The material palette used is strategically chosen for a comforting ambience. The exposed concrete, grey granite with varied finishes serve the purpose well. Additionally, the use of bamboo veneer further adds to the warmth of the design.
For enabling easy access to the pool, the main entrance of the bungalow had to be redesigned. A large steel pivot door now connects the parking cum drop off area with the entrance to the court. Curved white spaces along the parking contain a waiting room and other facilities for drivers.