Swimming Pool K by Brussels based DMVA Architecten was a work of serendipity and an example of the designers’ “Minimal Maximilism” aesthetic – design with a strong viewpoint executed with a minimalist sensibility.
In the midst of a renovation of a 17th century historic villa in the historic Flemish town of Grimbergen, a modern uninhabited schoolhouse became available next door – allowing the client to realize his dream of an additional guesthouse and a modern swimming pool and the designers to realize a breathtaking mix of old and new.
To support the weight of a rooftop swimming pool, the studio designed a system of fortified concrete beams and columns. They left the concrete exposed as a design element which completed the pristine, minimalistic white walls of the swimming pool it supported. The rest of the building became a mixed-use living space with an open kitchen.
The result – a hyper-modern rooftop swimming pool overlooking centuries-old cobblestone streets, streets and churches. Minimal maximilism indeed.