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O'Brien Pool Pavillion, Greenwich, Conn.

  • Inspired by a traditional Indian building type, this pavilion offers an elevated perspective on the adjacent swimming pool.

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    Inspired by a traditional Indian building type, this pavilion offers an elevated perspective on the adjacent swimming pool.

    Neil Landino

    Inspired by a traditional Indian building type, this pavilion offers an elevated perspective on the adjacent swimming pool.

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    Sited at the approximate elevation of the house, the pavilion extends the indoor living spaces.

    Neil Landino

    Sited at the approximate elevation of the house, the pavilion extends the indoor living spaces.

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    The pavilion includes both trellised and full-coverage seating areas.

    Neil Landino

    The pavilion includes both trellised and full-coverage seating areas.

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    Neil Landino

    The full-coverage roof shelters a small kitchen and a bath/changing room.

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    The site/floor plan.

    Courtesy Saniee Architects

    The site/floor plan.

Architect Mahdad Saniee took advantage of a naturally sloping site to give this modestly scaled pavilion a formidable presence. Rather than locate the structure at the level of the adjacent pool deck, he maintained the elevation of the main house, to which it connects via a bluestone patio. The arrangement extends the entertainment spaces of the main house into the outdoors while providing a comfortable perch overlooking the pool. “You’re kind of looking down at where the kids are,” Saniee explains.

An abstracted homage to traditional Indian pavilions, the building combines a trellised dining area, a covered seating area with a small kitchen, and an enclosed dressing room/bath. A cleverly detailed cornice obscures the transition from open trellis to full-coverage roof. Our jury praised the pavilion’s contribution to the site plan. “It’s not really a stand-alone building,” noted one. “It’s got all the merits of being an accessory building, but it contributes to a larger building. It speaks well to the house.”


Entrant/Architect: Saniee Architects, Greenwich, Conn.; Builder: H&Y Construction, Brookfield, Conn.; Landscape architect: Sean Jancski Landscape Architects, Rye, N.Y.; Interior designer: Beth Joy Goldstein Interior Design, Forest Hills, N.Y.; Living space: 700 square feet; Site: 2 acres; Construction cost: $350 a square foot; Photographer: Neil Landino.


Product details

Bathroom fittings and lighting fixtures: Restoration Hardware, www.restorationhardware.com; Bathroom fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; Flooring (ceramic tile): Waterworks, www.waterworks.com; Doors: Jeld-Wen, www.jeld-wen.com; Hardware: E.R. Butler, www.erbutler.com; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, www.subzero.com

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