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O'Brien Pool Pavillion, Greenwich, Conn.

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.

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    Neil Landino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The site/floor plan.

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    The site/floor plan.

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    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